16 days in Continental USA Itinerary

16 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Indianapolis Museum of Art. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Nashville and then hike along Salt Creek Trail.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Indianapolis day trip planning website.

Wichita to Indianapolis is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Wichita to Indianapolis is 1 hour. Traveling from Wichita in June, expect Indianapolis to be slightly colder, temps between 82°F and 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Jungle Jim's Eastgate, then revel in the low prices at Cincinnati Premium Outlets, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Findlay Market.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cincinnati trip planner.

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Cincinnati takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Berea.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips


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Berea is a home rule-class city in Madison County, Kentucky, in the United States. You'll explore and learn at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea and Berea Arts Council. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and William Whitley House will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Natural Bridge State Resort Park (in Slade), Cumberland Falls State Resort Park (in Corbin) and Three Forks Historical Center (in Beattyville). Next up on the itinerary: learn the secrets of production at Kentucky Soaps and Such.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Berea trip planning tool.

Getting from Cincinnati to Berea by car takes about 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Berea are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Louisville.

Things to do in Berea

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips


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Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cave Hill Cemetery, and then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): look for gifts at Muth's Candies, snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge, then see the interesting displays at Muhammad Ali Center, then examine the collection at Frazier History Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at 21c Museum Hotel.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Louisville trip builder site.

You can drive from Berea to Louisville in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites


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Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Explore hidden gems such as Chicago Riverwalk and Indiana Dunes State Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Art Institute of Chicago and The Magnificent Mile. Take a break from Chicago with a short trip to Michigan City Beach in Michigan City, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: walk around Millennium Park, catch a live event at Wrigley Field, and enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago travel route builder site.

Traveling by flight from Louisville to Chicago takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Louisville to Chicago is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Louisville, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Chicago, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Galena.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nature

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Galena is the largest city in and the county seat of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, with a population of 3,429 at the 2010 census. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Root Beer Revelry, get a taste of the local shopping with River Bend Gallery, stop by Great American Popcorn Company, see the interesting displays at The Old Blacksmith Shop, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dickeyville Grotto, and finally examine the collection at National Brewery Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Horseshoe Mound and then admire the majestic nature at Maquoketa Caves State Park.

Discover how to plan a Galena trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Chicago to Galena in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Galena are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Galena

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

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Indiana travel guide

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.

Ohio travel guide

Specialty Museums · Casinos · Water Parks
The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.

Kentucky travel guide

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.

Illinois travel guide

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.