15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Oklahoma City
— 1 night
— 1 night
— 3 nights
San Antonio
— 2 nights
Overland Park
— 1 night
— 2 nights


Rapid City — 2 nights

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Moriah Cemetery (in Deadwood), Custer State Park (in Custer) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Wall Drug, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Country USA, and take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City journey planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Rapid City is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Edinburgh in September, expect Rapid City to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Medora.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping
Side Trips

Medora — 2 nights

Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. On the 13th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Painted Canyon Overlook and then look for gifts at Prairie Fire Pottery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of South Unit.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Medora travel route builder.

Drive from Rapid City to Medora in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Rapid City in September, things will get slightly colder in Medora: highs are around 24°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Oklahoma City.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips

Oklahoma City — 1 night

Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, learn more about the world around you at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, and then take a stroll through Bricktown.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Oklahoma City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Medora to Oklahoma City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Medora to Oklahoma City is 1 hour. Traveling from Medora in September, expect Oklahoma City to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Tulsa.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Tulsa — 1 night

Sometimes known as the "Buckle of the Bible Belt," Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma.
On the 16th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Boston Avenue Methodist Church and then admire the masterpieces at Philbrook Museum of Art.

To find where to stay and tourist information, go to the Tulsa day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Oklahoma City to Tulsa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Tulsa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Austin.
Museums · Historic Sites

Austin — 3 nights

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Head to Harry Ransom Center and Central Marketfor some retail therapy. Visit Texas State Capitol and The Driskill for their historical value. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of LBJ Presidential Library, don't miss a visit to Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Watching, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, and hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

To find out how to plan a trip to Austin, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Tulsa to Austin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tulsa in September; daily highs in Austin reach 39°C and lows reach 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Antonio.
Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature

San Antonio — 2 nights

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, then get engrossed in the history at The Alamo, and finally gain some tasty knowledge on Cottonwood Wine Tours. On the next day, explore the world behind art at McNay Art Museum, then contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose, then take in the history at Mission San Juan, and finally take a stroll around Tower of the Americas.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Antonio road trip planning app.

Drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Overland Park.
Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Overland Park — 1 night

Overland Park is the second most populous city in the U.S. state of Kansas. On the 22nd (Thu), examine the collection at 1950s All-Electric House and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead.

To plan Overland Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from San Antonio to Overland Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Omaha.
Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Side Trip
Highlights from your trip

Omaha — 2 nights

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Henry Doorly Zoo, take in the exciting artwork at Old Market Artists Gallery, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Old Market.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Omaha attractions tool.

You can drive from Overland Park to Omaha in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Shopping · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

South Dakota travel guide

National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.

North Dakota travel guide

National Parks · History Museums · Performances
Geographic Center of the North American Continent
A primarily rural state, North Dakota is the ancient home of the Lakota tribe. Norwegian settlers once made up the European population, and one of the state's major attractions is the Norsk Høstfest, the largest Norwegian festival in the United States. The vast plains and never-ending sky inspire the many orchestras that call the state home. The spirituality of the music is second only to the spirituality of the people, as the state has the nation's highest percentage of churchgoing residents. The state's open fields are conducive to fishing, hunting, and winter activities.

Oklahoma travel guide

Casinos · Monuments · Art Museums
The Sooner State
Boasting a rich Native American heritage and named after the Choctaw word for "Red People," Oklahoma remains home to about 40 native tribes who speak 25 distinct languages. Though the state remains one of the country's top producers of agricultural products, most of its inhabitants live within two metropolitan areas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The state is home to the 500-million-year-old Wichita Mountains, noted for being the site of the oldest national wildlife refuge in the United States. Explore the state's pristine natural areas while on vacation here, but be sure to leave plenty of time to tour its characteristic small towns, known for their food, music, and cultural festivals.

Texas travel guide

Specialty Museums · History Museums · Room Escape Games
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

Kansas travel guide

Specialty Museums · Zoos · History Museums
The Sunflower State
Generally considered the geographical center of the country, Kansas is a state rich in history, having served as home to diverse Native American tribes for thousands of years before European settlement. Once called "Bleeding Kansas" because of violent clashes between abolitionists and pro-slavery settlers, Kansas now carries the nickname the "Sunflower State," earned because of its massive production of sunflowers, corn, wheat, and sorghum. In addition to agriculture, the state is also known as an aviation hub. Sightseeing is easy, as wide-open spaces dominate the landscape of the western two-thirds of the state, which includes some of the only remaining native tallgrass prairie in the nation. Eastern Kansas contains rolling hills and most of the major cities, which draw tourism with their lively art, nightlife, and music scenes.

Nebraska travel guide

Aquariums · History Museums · Shopping
The Cornhusker State
Situated in the heartland of America, Nebraska is home to a large number of small rural communities and masses of farmland. The state's two main cities, Omaha and Lincoln, are abuzz with youthful energy and cultural delights. Your itinerary can include a trip to the cities' museums to learn about the state's past, or tours of the area's important pioneer and Native American sites. The state's central location means that it has been crossed by many trails, but it was the California Gold Rush of 1848-1855 that originally brought large numbers of non-indigenous people to the area. Scenic river valleys offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor vacation activities, while Nebraska's agricultural towns charm visitors with their all-American spirit.