11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Indianapolis
— 2 nights
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Chicago
— 1 night
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Milwaukee
— 1 night
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Minneapolis
— 1 night
Fly
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Kansas City
— 1 night
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Saint Louis
— 1 night
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Louisville
— 2 nights
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Indianapolis

— 2 nights

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): examine the collection at Rhythm! Discovery Center, contemplate the long history of Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, then stroll the grounds of Crown Hill Cemetery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Oldfields-Lilly House and Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Indiana Medical History Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Indiana Historical Society, then brush up on your military savvy at Indiana War Memorial, and finally admire the striking features of Scottish Rite Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Indianapolis online vacation planner.

Columbus to Indianapolis is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums · Historic Sites

Chicago

— 1 night

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 4th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk, contemplate the waterfront views at Chicago River, then admire the masterpieces at Richard H. Driehaus Museum, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip maker website.

Drive from Indianapolis to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago. In October, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Milwaukee

— 1 night

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): examine the collection at Grohmann Museum, see the interesting displays at Jewish Museum Milwaukee, then get engrossed in the history at Mitchell Gallery of Flight, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Oak Leaf Trail.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Milwaukee trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Chicago to Milwaukee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Milwaukee are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Minneapolis

— 1 night

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of St. Mary, then admire the masterpieces at Weisman Art Museum, then admire the sheer force of St. Anthony Falls, and finally stroll around Mill Ruins Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Minneapolis online journey planner.

You can fly from Milwaukee to Minneapolis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Minneapolis can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Kansas City

— 1 night

City of Fountains

The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see the interesting displays at TWA Museum, take an in-depth tour of Arabia Steamboat Museum, then look and learn at The Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station, then contemplate the long history of Union Station, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Illusions.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kansas City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Kansas City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis in October, things will get a bit warmer in Kansas City: highs are around 25°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Saint Louis

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 8th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Transportation, then look for all kinds of wild species at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, then examine the collection at National Blues Museum, and finally examine the collection at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Basilica of Saint Louis King Of France (The Old Cathedral ) and then contemplate the long history of Campbell House Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kansas City to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Saint Louis can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Louisville

— 2 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): squeeze the most out of the city with Old Louisville, steep yourself in history at Historic Locust Grove, see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, then sample the fine beverages at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21c Museum Hotel.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Louisville road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Louisville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Louisville are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.