12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States planner
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Kansas City
— 1 night
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Saint Louis
— 2 nights
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Columbus
— 1 night
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Cleveland
— 2 nights
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Washington DC
— 5 nights
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Kansas City — 1 night

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 31st (Thu), steep yourself in history at Union Station, then brush up on your military savvy at National WWI Museum and Memorial, and then explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Jesse James Birthplace Museum, witness the site of a historic battle at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Court House.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kansas City vacation planner.

Denver to Kansas City is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver to Kansas City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Kansas City, with lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to fly to Saint Louis.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

Saint Louis — 2 nights

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), examine the collection at City Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis Xavier Church, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to The Gateway Arch, then get a sense of history and politics at Old Courthouse, then steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Charles Historic District.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Saint Louis day trip planner.

You can fly from Kansas City to Saint Louis in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. April in Saint Louis sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Columbus.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip

Columbus — 1 night

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): learn the secrets of beer at Pedal Wagon Columbus, view the masterpieces at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, then examine the collection at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, and finally stop by German Village.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Columbus itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Saint Louis to Columbus takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Saint Louis to Columbus, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cleveland.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Cleveland — 2 nights

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 5th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Lake View Cemetery, explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, then get engrossed in the history at Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at West Side Market, see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, then pause for some serene contemplation at St John's Cathedral, and finally admire the striking features of Heinen's Downtown.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cleveland trip planner.

Traveling by car from Columbus to Cleveland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Columbus in April, plan for little chillier days in Cleveland, with highs around 57°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to fly to Washington DC.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Side Trips

Washington DC — 5 nights

The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Popular historic sites such as Arlington National Cemetery and Washington National Cathedral are in your itinerary. National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Washington DC side-trips: Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Military Park & Gettysburg National Cemetery) and George Washington's Mount Vernon (in Mount Vernon). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, stroll through National Mall, take an in-depth tour of The President Woodrow Wilson House, and contemplate the long history of Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC road trip planning site.

Getting from Cleveland to Washington DC by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cleveland in April; daily highs in Washington DC reach 68°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trips

United States travel guide

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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.