12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 45​min
2
Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
3
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
4
Kansas City
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Indianapolis
— 1 night
End: Indianapolis

1
night
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Hellman-Ehrman Mansion and then visit a coastal fixture at Lake Tahoe.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe driving holiday planner .

San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect nights in South Lake Tahoe to be colder, around 19°F, while days are slightly colder, around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Historic Sites Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Nevada State Museum, Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, Lake Tahoe
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Lake Tahoe ©
Lake Tahoe
Nevada State Museum ©
Nevada State Museum
Hellman-Ehrman Mansion ©
Hellman-Ehrman Mansion

2
nights
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Utah, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Tabernacle.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City day trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from South Lake Tahoe to Salt Lake City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe to Salt Lake City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from South Lake Tahoe, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Salt Lake City, ranging from highs of 38°F to lows of 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Natural History Museum of Utah ©
Natural History Museum of Utah
Salt Lake Temple ©
Salt Lake Temple

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Denver online trip builder .

Getting from Salt Lake City to Denver by combination of flight and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Salt Lake City in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Denver: temperatures range from 44°F by day to 21°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Cherry Creek State Park, Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Union Station ©
Union Station

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Arabia Steamboat Museum, contemplate the long history of Union Station, then take a stroll through Country Club Plaza, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kansas City Zoo, take an in-depth tour of National WWI Museum and Memorial, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Cinder Block Brewery.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kansas City trip planning site .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Denver to Kansas City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In February, daytime highs in Kansas City are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Cinder Block Brewery
Highlights from your plan
National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art ©
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Arabia Steamboat Museum ©
Arabia Steamboat Museum

2
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Saint Louis Zoo, then sample the fine beverages at StilL 630 Distillery, then see the interesting displays at City Museum, and finally examine the collection at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Sachs Butterfly House, get to know the fascinating history of St. Charles Historic District, then admire all the interesting features of Missouri Botanical Garden, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis day trip planning tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Kansas City to Saint Louis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Saint Louis are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Charles Historic District, Sachs Butterfly House
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
City Museum ©
City Museum
Missouri Botanical Garden ©
Missouri Botanical Garden

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night
Indianapolis

Indianapolis ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): meet the residents at Indianapolis Zoo, then don't miss a visit to USS Indianapolis Memorial, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Indianapolis Museum of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, try your luck at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Indianapolis road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Indianapolis takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Saint Louis to Indianapolis, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Saint Louis in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Indianapolis, with highs around 40°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
Highlights from your plan
Indianapolis Zoo ©
Indianapolis Zoo
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum ©
Indianapolis Museum of Art ©
Indianapolis Museum of Art

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