15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Winter Haven
— 2 nights
Fly
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New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly to Midland/Odessa, Drive to Big Bend National Park
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Big Bend National Park
— 3 nights
Drive to Midland/Odessa, Fly to Minneapolis

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Minneapolis

— 2 nights

The City of Lakes

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Escape Game and Lake of the Isles. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Minneapolis: Extreme Sandbox - Minnesota (in Hastings), Baker Park Reserve (in Maple Plain) and The Belwin Conservancy (in Afton). There's lots more to do: get your game on at Game Show Battle Rooms, trek along Elm Creek Singletrack Trail, look for gifts at Candyland, and contemplate the waterfront views at Chain of Lakes.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Minneapolis online travel route planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Minneapolis. June in Minneapolis sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 3 nights
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): Head underground at Mammoth Cave, then stroll through Tall Man's Misery, and then trek along Fat Man's Misery. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cedar Sink Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Green River, and then explore the activities along Echo River.

Before you visit Mammoth Cave National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Mammoth Cave National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Mammoth Cave National Park, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Winter Haven.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Winter Haven

— 2 nights

Chain of Lakes City

Winter Haven boasts over 50 lakes within its borders, most notably Florida's famed Chain of Lakes.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): make a splash at Legoland Florida Resort and then look for all kinds of wild species at Circle B Bar Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): grab your bike and head to University Boulevard/Research Way Trails, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Hollingsworth, and then hike along General James A. Van Fleet State Trail.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Winter Haven trip planning tool.

Getting from Mammoth Cave National Park to Winter Haven by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Winter Haven due to the time zone difference. In June, Winter Haven is somewhat warmer than Mammoth Cave National Park - with highs of 91°F and lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Winter Haven

Parks · Theme Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 4 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Family-friendly places like The National WWII Museum and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Jackson Square, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Audubon Zoo.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the New Orleans day trip site.

Fly from Winter Haven to New Orleans in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Winter Haven in June, plan for slightly colder days in New Orleans, with highs around 83°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 83°F. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Big Bend National Park

— 3 nights
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
On the 15th (Mon), explore the stunning scenery at Santa Elena Canyon and then hike along The Window Trail. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at S Rim Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chisos Mountains, and then trek along Lost Mine Trail.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Big Bend National Park journey site.

You can do a combination of flight and car from New Orleans to Big Bend National Park in 10.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from New Orleans in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Big Bend National Park: temperatures range from 100°F by day to 75°F at night. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.