12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Nauvoo
— 1 night
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Carthage
— 1 night
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Independence
— 2 nights
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Council Bluffs
— 1 night
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Salt Lake City
— 5 nights
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Liberty
— 1 night
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Nauvoo — 1 night

Nauvoo is a small city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States, on the Mississippi River near Fort Madison, Iowa. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildcat Springs Park and then get engrossed in the history at George M. Verity Riverboat Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nauvoo trip planner.

Salt Lake City to Nauvoo is an approximately 18.5-hour car ride. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. While traveling from Salt Lake City, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nauvoo, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Carthage.
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Carthage — 1 night

Carthage is a city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Kibbe Hancock Heritage Museum and then contemplate the long history of Carthage Jail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Siloam Springs State Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Carthage online itinerary maker.

Carthage is just a short distance from Nauvoo. August in Carthage sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Independence.
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Independence — 2 nights

Independence is the fifth-largest city in the state of Missouri. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Independence Square, then examine the collection at Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, then steep yourself in history at Harry S Truman National Historic Site, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Stone Church. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate, then take an in-depth tour of National Frontier Trails Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area, and finally get some jogging in at Little Blue Trace Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Independence trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Carthage to Independence takes 4.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Council Bluffs.
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Council Bluffs — 1 night

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. On the 15th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Historic General Dodge House, get engrossed in the history at Union Pacific Railroad Museum, deepen your understanding at Kanesville Tabernacle, then stroll around Hitchcock Nature Center, and finally appreciate the history behind Golden Spike Monument.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Council Bluffs route maker website.

Traveling by car from Independence to Council Bluffs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Council Bluffs when traveling from Independence in August, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Salt Lake City.
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Salt Lake City — 5 nights

Crossroads of the West

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.
Attractions like Temple Square and Salt Lake Temple make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salt Lake City: Midway (ATV & Off-Road Tours & Rocky Mountain Outfitters) and Provo City Center Temple (in Provo). The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Utah State Capitol, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Tabernacle, meet the residents at Utah's Hogle Zoo, and take in nature's colorful creations at Red Butte Garden.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Salt Lake City itinerary planning app.

Fly from Council Bluffs to Salt Lake City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Council Bluffs in August: highs in Salt Lake City hover around 92°F, while lows dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Liberty.
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Liberty — 1 night

Liberty is a city in Clay County, Missouri and is a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, located in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Liberty Jail Historic Site and then stroll through Smithville Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Jesse James Home Museum, then examine the collection at Patee House Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Pony Express Museum.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Liberty vacation app.

Traveling by car from Salt Lake City to Liberty takes 16 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Salt Lake City to Liberty due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Salt Lake City, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Liberty, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.
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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.
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