8 days in Midwest Itinerary

8 days in Midwest Itinerary

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8 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
3
Keystone
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Newark

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Chicago online driving holiday planner .

Newark to Chicago is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Chicago due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field

2
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch, then have some family-friendly fun at Top Notch Axe Throwing St. Louis, and finally get lost in a book at Central Public Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Missouri Botanical Garden, then get to know the resident critters at Saint Louis Zoo, and then see the interesting displays at City Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Saint Louis online tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Saint Louis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Chicago, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Saint Louis, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo

1
night
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
On the 15th (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Presidential Trail and then admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Keystone trip planner .

You can fly from Saint Louis to Keystone in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Keystone due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Saint Louis in September: high temperatures in Keystone hover around 71°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Custer
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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