15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Indianapolis
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Louisville
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Denver
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Boise
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Portland
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San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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San Antonio
— 1 night
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Oklahoma City
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Wichita
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Branson
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Chicago
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Indianapolis

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis and then relax in the rural setting at The Sky Farm at Eskenazi Health.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Indianapolis journey planner.

Detroit to Indianapolis is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Indianapolis are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Childrens Museums · Museums

Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 16th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) and then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Louisville vacation planner.

Drive from Indianapolis to Louisville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Louisville are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can fly to Denver.

Things to do in Louisville

Nature · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip maker site.

Fly from Louisville to Denver in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Louisville in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Denver, with lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can fly to Boise.

Things to do in Denver

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Boise

— 1 night

City of Trees

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 18th (Mon), walk around Kathryn Albertson Park and then hike along Boise River Greenbelt.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Boise trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Denver to Boise in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Portland.

Things to do in Boise

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Portland

— 1 night

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on Volcano Lands - Private Tours, then admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, then explore the engaging exhibits at Portland Children's Museum, and finally stop by Powell's City of Books.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Portland attractions planning site.

Getting from Boise to Portland by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boise to Portland. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Portland when traveling from Boise in October, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Portland

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, then make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Coit Tower. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Portland to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland in October, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 73°F and lows about 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online vacation maker.

Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in October; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 82°F and lows reach 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to San Antonio.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

San Antonio

— 1 night

The Alamo City

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 24th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Mission San Jose, take an in-depth tour of Institute of Texan Cultures, then walk around Hemisfair Park, then get engrossed in the history at The Alamo, and finally shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Antonio holiday builder website.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in October, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in San Antonio

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Oklahoma City

— 1 night

The Big Friendly

Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, then examine the collection at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, and then appreciate the history behind Centennial Land Run Monument.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Oklahoma City trip planner.

You can fly from San Antonio to Oklahoma City in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, Oklahoma City is a bit cooler than San Antonio - with highs of 77°F and lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Wichita.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums · Childrens Museums

Wichita

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): join the crowd at Xtreme Racing & Entertainment and then stroll through Great Plains Nature Center.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Wichita tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Oklahoma City to Wichita takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Wichita are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Branson.

Things to do in Wichita

Wildlife · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, get in on the family fun at Silver Dollar City, and then get in on the family fun at Arcade City.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Branson trip builder.

You can drive from Wichita to Branson in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Chicago.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

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 28th (Thu): get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, and then make a trip to Buckingham Fountain. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Park, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip itinerary website.

Fly from Branson to Chicago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Branson in October: highs in Chicago hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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.

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.

Colorado travel guide

4.3
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.

Idaho travel guide

4.5
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Waterfalls
The Gem State
The mountainous state of Idaho houses some of the country's largest stretches of unspoiled nature. There are plenty of opportunities for adventurous holidays here, with rapids, canyons, snow-capped mountains, expansive lakes, and waterfalls higher than Niagara Falls. Those on vacation with access to a car can enjoy some of the most scenic drives in the nation while traversing Idaho's rugged landscape. Boise, the state's capital and most populous city, provides cultural attractions such as museums, galleries, and theater. The students of Boise State University contribute to the city's vibrant and growing nightlife scene.

Oregon travel guide

4.4
Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · History Museums · Shopping
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.

Oklahoma travel guide

4
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.

Kansas travel guide

4.3
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.

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.

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.