11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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Topeka
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Branson
— 1 night
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Hot Springs
— 1 night
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Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
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Louisville
— 1 night
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Detroit
— 1 night
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Cleveland
— 1 night
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Chicago
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Oklahoma City
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Topeka

Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Topeka day trip site.

Minneapolis to Topeka is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Minneapolis in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Topeka, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 69°F. You'll set off for Branson on the 18th (Sat).

Things to do in Topeka

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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Branson

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): make a splash at Silver Dollar City.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Branson trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Topeka to Branson takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

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Hot Springs

Valley of the Vapors

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
On the 20th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ouachita.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hot Springs online road trip planner.

You can drive from Branson to Hot Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Hot Springs sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature

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Pigeon Forge

Center of Fun in the Smokies

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
On the 21st (Tue), find something for the whole family at Dollywood.

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Fly from Hot Springs to Pigeon Forge in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, subway, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Hot Springs to Pigeon Forge is 1 hour. When traveling from Hot Springs in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pigeon Forge: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

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Louisville

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): make a splash at Kentucky Kingdom.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Louisville online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pigeon Forge to Louisville takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. In July in Louisville, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Louisville

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

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Detroit

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get outside with Miami Beach and then examine the collection at The Henry Ford.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Detroit trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Louisville to Detroit takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Louisville in July, expect nights in Detroit to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are slightly colder, around 82°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Cleveland.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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Cleveland

Forest City

A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, then examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and then admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cleveland vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Detroit to Cleveland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. July in Cleveland sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Chicago

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then make a trip to Buckingham Fountain, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally don't miss a visit to Millennium Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Cleveland to Chicago by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: 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. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

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Oklahoma City

The Big Friendly

Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
On the 26th (Sun), stop by Bedre Fine Chocolate, admire the sheer force of Turner Falls Park, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, learn more about the world around you at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, and then pause for some photo ops at Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Oklahoma City trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Chicago to Oklahoma City in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago in July, you will find days in Oklahoma City are a bit warmer (93°F), and nights are about the same (71°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

Missouri travel guide

4.6
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.

Arkansas travel guide

4.4
State Parks · Historic Sites · Art Museums
The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.

Michigan travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.

Ohio travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Casinos · Water Parks
The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.

Illinois travel guide

4.4
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.

Oklahoma travel guide

4
Casinos · Monuments · Art Museums
The Sooner State
Boasting a rich Native American heritage and named after the Choctaw word for "Red People," Oklahoma remains home to about 40 native tribes who speak 25 distinct languages. Though the state remains one of the country's top producers of agricultural products, most of its inhabitants live within two metropolitan areas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The state is home to the 500-million-year-old Wichita Mountains, noted for being the site of the oldest national wildlife refuge in the United States. Explore the state's pristine natural areas while on vacation here, but be sure to leave plenty of time to tour its characteristic small towns, known for their food, music, and cultural festivals.