12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Fly to Quad City International Airport, Drive to Nauvoo
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Nauvoo
— 1 night
Drive
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Carthage
— 1 night
Drive
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Independence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Council Bluffs
— 1 night
Fly
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Salt Lake City
— 5 nights
Fly to Kansas City International Airport, Drive to Liberty
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Liberty
— 1 night
Drive to Kansas City International Airport, Fly to Salt Lake City International Airport

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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 11th (Sun): hike along Wildcat Springs Park and then take an in-depth tour of George M. Verity Riverboat Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nauvoo road trip planner.

Salt Lake City to Nauvoo is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Salt Lake City to Nauvoo. Traveling from Salt Lake City in July, you will find days in Nauvoo are slightly colder (84°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Carthage.

Things to do in Nauvoo

Museums · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carthage

— 1 night
Carthage is a city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Kibbe Hancock Heritage Museum and then contemplate the long history of Carthage Jail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Siloam Springs State Park.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Carthage visit website.

Carthage is just a stone's throw from Nauvoo. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Independence.

Things to do in Carthage

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Independence

— 2 nights
Independence is the fifth-largest city in the state of Missouri. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Independence Square, then take an in-depth tour of Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, then steep yourself in history at Harry S Truman National Historic Site, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Stone Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate, take an in-depth tour of National Frontier Trails Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area, and finally work some fitness into your day at Little Blue Trace Trail.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Independence vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Carthage to Independence takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Carthage in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Independence, with lows around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Independence

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Council Bluffs

— 1 night
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Historic General Dodge House, take an in-depth tour of Union Pacific Railroad Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanesville Tabernacle, then stroll around Hitchcock Nature Center, and finally appreciate the history behind Golden Spike Monument.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Council Bluffs trip tool.

Getting from Independence to Council Bluffs by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Independence in July since evenings lows in Council Bluffs dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Rocky Mountain Outfitters and Big Cottonwood Canyon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salt Lake City: Provo City Center Temple (in Provo) and ATV & Off-Road Tours (in Midway). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Tabernacle, get a sense of history and politics at Utah State Capitol, get to know the resident critters at Utah's Hogle Zoo, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Utah.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Salt Lake City trip planning tool.

Fly from Council Bluffs to Salt Lake City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Council Bluffs to Salt Lake City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Council Bluffs in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Salt Lake City, with highs around 95°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Liberty.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Liberty Jail Historic Site and then stroll through Smithville Lake. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Jesse James Home Museum, then examine the collection at Patee House Museum, and then examine the collection at Pony Express Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Liberty journey builder.

Explore your travel options from Salt Lake City to Liberty with the Route module. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Salt Lake City in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Liberty: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Liberty

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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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.