15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
car:  5​h 30​min
1
Minneapolis
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Nauvoo
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Independence
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
4
Kirtland
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h
End: Los Angeles

5
nights
Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
When in Minneapolis, make a side trip to see Extreme Sandbox in Hastings, approximately 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: have fun at Target Field, find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe, admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, and get engrossed in the history at Mill City Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Minneapolis tour itinerary planner.

Los Angeles to Minneapolis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Nauvoo.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Bloomington, Saint Paul, Extreme Sandbox
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Target Field ©
Target Field
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art

1
day
Nauvoo

Nauvoo ©
Nauvoo is a small city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States, on the Mississippi River near Fort Madison, Iowa. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Rheinberger House Museum, then steep yourself in history at Brigham Young Home, then gain insight at Historic Nauvoo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nauvoo Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nauvoo trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Minneapolis to Nauvoo. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Independence.

Things to do in Nauvoo

Historic Sites Museums
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Historic Nauvoo ©
Historic Nauvoo
Nauvoo Temple ©
Nauvoo Temple
Brigham Young Home ©
Brigham Young Home

2
nights
Independence

Independence ©
Independence is the fifth-largest city in the state of Missouri. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Independence: Blue Spring (in Ellington) and Powell Gardens (in Kingsville). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, contemplate the long history of Independence Square, examine the collection at Bingham Waggoner Estate, and browse the collection at Midwest Genealogy Center.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Independence travel route planner.

Getting from Nauvoo to Independence by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Independence when traveling from Nauvoo in July, with lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kirtland.

Things to do in Independence

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Powell Gardens, Blue Spring
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Bingham Waggoner Estate ©
Bingham Waggoner Estate
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum ©
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
Harry S Truman National Historic Site ©

1
night
Kirtland

Kirtland ©
Kirtland is a city in Lake County, Ohio, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Metroparks Penitentiary Glen Reservation, take in nature's colorful creations at The Holden Arboretum, then make a trip to Canopy Walk & Emergent Tower, and finally look for gifts at Sage's Apples. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Chapin Forest Reservation, grab your bike and head to Maple Highlands Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Observatory Park.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kirtland driving holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from Independence to Kirtland with the Route module. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Independence to Kirtland due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Independence in July; daily highs in Kirtland reach 81°F and lows reach 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Kirtland

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Chardon, Observatory Park
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The Holden Arboretum ©
The Holden Arboretum
Observatory Park ©
Observatory Park

2
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Step out of Mesa Verde National Park with an excursion to Four Corners Monument in Teec Nos Pos--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, make a trip to Park Point, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kirtland to Mesa Verde National Park. Traveling from Kirtland to Mesa Verde National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Kirtland, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Four Corners Monument
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

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