14 days in Continental USA Itinerary

14 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

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Louisville
— 1 day
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Lexington
— 1 night
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Cincinnati
— 1 night
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Traverse City
— 1 night
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Chesterton
— 1 night
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Chicago
— 2 nights
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Branson
— 1 night
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Saint Louis
— 2 nights
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Springfield
— 1 night
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Indianapolis
— 1 night
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Louisville

— 1 day

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at EP "Tom" Sawyer State Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, and then admire the majestic nature at Falls of the Ohio State Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Louisville day trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Louisville. In June, daytime highs in Louisville are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Lexington

— 1 night

Horse Capital of the World

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
For where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Lexington online itinerary maker.

You can drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Lexington

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Cincinnati

— 1 night

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): make a trip to Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park, then take a peaceful walk through Redbird Hollow Preserve, then head outdoors with Sharon Woods, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cincinnati day trip tool.

Drive from Lexington to Cincinnati in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Cincinnati, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Traverse City.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 1 night

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stroll through Pyramid Point Trail, stroll through Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, then kick back and relax at Lake Michigan Beach Park, and finally hike along Empire Bluff Trail. On your second day here, grab your bike and head to Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Clinch Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Traverse City trip tool.

Traveling by car from Cincinnati to Traverse City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cincinnati in June, with highs in Traverse City at 76°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chesterton.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Chesterton

— 1 night
Chesterton is a town in Westchester, Jackson and Liberty townships of Porter County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): go for a walk through Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Michigan City Beach, then walk around Indiana Dunes State Park, and finally stroll through Cowles Bog.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chesterton attractions planner.

Getting from Traverse City to Chesterton by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Traverse City to Chesterton is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Traverse City in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Chesterton, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Chesterton

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): make a trip to Buckingham Fountain, explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk, then stroll around Millennium Park, then identify plant and animal life at Chicago Photo Safaris, and finally find something for the whole family at Fox in a Box Chicago. Keep things going the next day: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, admire the masterpieces at Richard H. Driehaus Museum, then explore the activities along Chicago River, and finally hike along Lakefront Trail.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago route planner.

Traveling by car from Chesterton to Chicago takes an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to fly to Branson.

Things to do in Chicago

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

Branson

— 1 night

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 21st (Mon): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, admire the majestic nature at Table Rock State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonshine Beach, then head outdoors with Anglers Advantage, and finally stroll through Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Springfield Conservation Nature Center, then cast your line with James River Outfitters, and then trek along Lost Canyon Nature Trail and Cave.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Branson trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Branson takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In June in Branson, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Branson

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Saint Louis

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, identify plant and animal life at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, then take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden, then examine the collection at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally walk around Tower Grove Park. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, then identify plant and animal life at The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, then identify plant and animal life at World Bird Sanctuary, and finally admire the majestic nature at Mastodon State Historic Site.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Saint Louis trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Branson to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June in Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Springfield

— 1 night

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
On the 25th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Camp Butler National Cemetery, identify plant and animal life at Lincoln Memorial Garden, admire the natural beauty at Washington Park Botanical Gardens, then get engrossed in the history at The Lincoln Home Visitor Center, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Washington Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Springfield trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Saint Louis to Springfield in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Springfield are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Springfield

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Outdoors

Indianapolis

— 1 night

Circle City

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): trek along Indianapolis Cultural Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at Garfield Park Conservatory & Sunken Garden, then grab your bike and head to Hummel Park, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Sodalis Nature Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Indianapolis using our trip planner.

Drive from Springfield to Indianapolis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in June, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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.

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.

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.

Indiana travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.

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.

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.