14 days in United States Itinerary

14 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

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Des Moines
— 1 day
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Lincoln
— 1 night
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Kansas City
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Branson
— 2 nights
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Des Moines

— 1 day
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. On the 16th (Sat), see the interesting displays at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, and then take in the views from High Trestle Trail Bridge.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Des Moines day trip planner.

Detroit to Des Moines is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Detroit to Des Moines. October in Des Moines sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lincoln.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

Lincoln

— 1 night
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. On the 17th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Hamann Rose Garden and then ponder the world of politics at Nebraska State Capitol.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lincoln journey app.

Getting from Des Moines to Lincoln by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Lincoln

Parks

Kansas City

— 2 nights

City of Fountains

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 18th (Mon): explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Arabia Steamboat Museum, and then look for gifts at Kansas City River Market. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead and then learn about all things military at National WWI Museum and Memorial.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Kansas City attractions planner.

Getting from Lincoln to Kansas City by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Lincoln in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kansas City, with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to fly to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and then walk around Garden of the Gods.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs road trip tool.

Fly from Kansas City to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kansas City in October since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Salt Lake City

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square, see the interesting displays at Hill Aerospace Museum, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon and then surround yourself with nature on Rocky Mountain Outfitters.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Salt Lake City online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Salt Lake City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Colorado Springs in October since evenings lows in Salt Lake City dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can fly to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 3 nights

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, hike along Moro Rock Trail, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and cruise along Generals Hwy.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park journey planner.

You can fly from Salt Lake City to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Salt Lake City to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Salt Lake City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Branson.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Branson

— 2 nights

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.
Branson is known for nightlife, theme parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a splash at Silver Dollar City, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, find something for the whole family at Arcade City, and gain insight at College of the Ozarks.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Branson online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Branson takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October: highs in Branson hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
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.