11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Kelso
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
2
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Omaha
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Kansas City
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
Palm Harbor
— 1 day
End: Palm Harbor

1
night
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Artist Point, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Point, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary app .

Kelso to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kelso to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kelso in May: highs in Yellowstone National Park hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Uncle Tom's Trail ©
Uncle Tom's Trail
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center, then take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, then sample the tasty concoctions at Miner Brewing Company, and finally don't miss a visit to Art Alley. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, get answers to all your questions at Peter Norbeck Visitors Center, and then learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rapid City day trip website .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Rapid City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. In May, Rapid City is somewhat warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 65°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Omaha.

Things to do in Rapid City

Breweries & Distilleries Nightlife Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Custer, Miner Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
Miner Brewing Company ©
Miner Brewing Company
Firehouse Wine Cellars ©
Firehouse Wine Cellars
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

1
night
Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Cecilia's Cathedral, try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Henry Doorly Zoo.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Omaha trip planning tool .

You can fly from Rapid City to Omaha in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rapid City in May; daily highs in Omaha reach 74°F and lows reach 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kansas City.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trip

Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Highlights from your plan
Henry Doorly Zoo ©
Henry Doorly Zoo
Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs
St. Cecilia's Cathedral ©
St. Cecilia's Cathedral

1
day
Kansas City

Kansas City ©
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.
On the 20th (Mon), explore the engaging exhibits at Kaleidoscope, ponder the design of Loose Park, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally contemplate the long history of Union Station.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kansas City trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Omaha to Kansas City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Kansas City are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Kansas City

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Union Station ©
Union Station
Loose Park ©
Loose Park
Kaleidoscope ©
Kaleidoscope

1
night
Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): try your luck at Southland Park Gaming and Racing, then see the interesting displays at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Elmwood Cemetery, stop by Memphis Music, then don't miss a visit to Beale Street, and finally contemplate the long history of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Kansas City to Memphis takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums Casinos

Side Trip

Southland Park Gaming and Racing
Highlights from your plan
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Southland Park Gaming and Racing ©
Southland Park Gaming and Racing

3
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Louis Cathedral, stop by Faulkner House Books, then make a trip to Jackson Square, then wander the streets of Royal Street, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Garden District. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, then make a trip to Arcadian Books, then make a trip to French Quarter, and finally get into the urban bustle at Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our New Orleans tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Memphis to New Orleans in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. When traveling from Memphis in May, plan for a bit cooler days in New Orleans, with highs around 70°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Palm Harbor.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Garden District ©
Garden District
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

1
day
Palm Harbor

Palm Harbor ©
Palm Harbor is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. On the 25th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at John Chesnut Sr. Park, make a trip to Philippe Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Honeymoon Island State Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Palm Harbor trip itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from New Orleans to Palm Harbor with the Route module. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from New Orleans in May, expect nights in Palm Harbor to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 87°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Harbor

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Philippe Park, Honeymoon Island State Park
Highlights from your plan
Honeymoon Island State Park ©
Honeymoon Island State Park
Philippe Park ©
Philippe Park
John Chesnut Sr. Park ©
John Chesnut Sr. Park

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