9 days in Missouri, O'Fallon & Effingham Itinerary

9 days in Missouri, O'Fallon & Effingham Itinerary

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Saint Louis
— 1 night
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O'Fallon
— 1 night
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Branson
— 1 night
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Springfield
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Strafford
— 2 nights
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Cape Girardeau
— 2 nights
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Effingham
— 1 day
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Saint Louis

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Critter Lane, Grant’s Farm and Castlewood State Park. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Grant’s Farm, take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, then see the interesting displays at City Museum, and finally meet the residents at Saint Louis Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Castlewood State Park and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Critter Lane.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Saint Louis trip planner.

Indianapolis to Saint Louis is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Saint Louis is minus 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Saint Louis can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to O'Fallon.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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O'Fallon

— 1 night
O'Fallon is a city in St. Your day by day itinerary now includes O'Fallon 15 Cine as well as Rock Springs Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our O'Fallon trip maker.

O'Fallon is just a short distance from Saint Louis. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Branson.

Things to do in O'Fallon

Wildlife · Parks · Fun & Games · Nightlife
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Branson

— 1 night

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Branson's Promised Land Zoo as well as Adventure Ziplines of Branson. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): head outdoors with Adventure Ziplines of Branson and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Branson's Promised Land Zoo.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Branson trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from O'Fallon to Branson in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September in Branson, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Branson

Adventure · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Tours
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Springfield

Your day by day itinerary now includes Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): examine the collection at Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Springfield trip builder website.

Getting from Branson to Springfield by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In September in Springfield, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Strafford.

Things to do in Springfield

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Strafford

— 2 nights
Strafford is a city in eastern Greene County, Missouri, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Runge Conservation Nature Center and Wild Animal Safari.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Strafford online trip itinerary maker.

Strafford is just a stone's throw from Springfield. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Cape Girardeau.

Things to do in Strafford

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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Cape Girardeau

— 2 nights
Cape Girardeau is a city in Cape Girardeau and Scott counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. Your day by day itinerary now includes Lazy L Safari Park, Missouri Wall of Fame and Discovery Playhouse. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): have fun and explore at Discovery Playhouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, then don't miss a visit to Missouri Wall of Fame, and then get to know the resident critters at Lazy L Safari Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Cape Girardeau online journey planner.

Getting from Strafford to Cape Girardeau by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Effingham.

Things to do in Cape Girardeau

Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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Effingham

— 1 day
Effingham is the largest city in, and the county seat of, Effingham County, Illinois, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Aikman Wildlife Adventure. On the 17th (Sat), examine the collection at Mid America Motorworks, My Garage Museum and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aikman Wildlife Adventure.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Effingham tour planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Girardeau to Effingham takes 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Effingham can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Effingham

Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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Missouri travel guide

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Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.