8 days in Midwest Itinerary

8 days in Midwest Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  3 h 45 min
1
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Keystone
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Branson
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
4
Sandusky
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Rockbridge
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Washington DC

2
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, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago road trip planning site.

Washington DC to Chicago is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in July, things will get little chillier in Chicago: highs are around 83°F and lows about 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine, thenexplore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then trek along Presidential Trail.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Keystone trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Keystone takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Keystone due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect little chillier with lows of 53°F in Keystone. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Branson.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine

2
nights
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake and then cool off at Silver Dollar City. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Runaway Mountain Coaster, thenget your game on at Escape Code, and then have some family-friendly fun at The Axe Game.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Branson trip planner.

Getting from Keystone to Branson by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Keystone to Branson, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, Branson is a bit warmer than Keystone - with highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sandusky.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trip

Table Rock Lake
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Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City
Escape Code ©
Escape Code
Runaway Mountain Coaster ©
Runaway Mountain Coaster

1
night
Sandusky

Sandusky ©
Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
On the 25th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Osborn Recreation Area, find something for the whole family at Cedar Point, and then identify plant and animal life at Back to the Wild.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Sandusky tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Branson to Sandusky takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Branson to Sandusky is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Branson in July: highs in Sandusky hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rockbridge.

Things to do in Sandusky

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osborn Recreation Area, Back to the Wild
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Back to the Wild ©
Back to the Wild
Cedar Point ©
Cedar Point

1
night
Rockbridge

Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): Head underground at Old Man's Cave, thenidentify plant and animal life at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rockbridge road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Sandusky to Rockbridge takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Rockbridge, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rockbridge

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Old Man's Cave
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Zipline
Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve ©
Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve
Old Man's Cave
Old Man's Cave

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