18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner

Make it your trip
Drive
1
Morgantown
— 1 night
Drive
2
Columbus
Drive
3
Indianapolis
— 1 night
Drive
4
Saint Louis
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Jefferson City
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Columbia
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Independence
— 1 night
Drive
8
Kansas City
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Springfield
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Branson
— 2 nights
+4
Drive to Fayetteville, Fly to Reagan Washington, Subway to UNION STATION station, Train to Amtrak Station @ Ml King-French, Bus to Dover

S M T W T F S
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5

Morgantown

— 1 night
On the 16th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coopers Rock State Forest, then admire the natural beauty at West Virginia Botanic Garden, then make a trip to Don Knotts Statue, and finally gain insight at West Virginia University.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Morgantown route builder tool.

Dover to Morgantown is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. May in Morgantown sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Columbus.

Things to do in Morgantown

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Columbus

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
Governor's Residence has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Governor's Residence, then admire the natural beauty at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and then take a stroll through Easton Town Center.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Columbus trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Morgantown to Columbus in 3.5 hours. In May in Columbus, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Columbus

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Indianapolis

— 1 night

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 18th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Scottish Rite Cathedral, bet on your favorite at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and then make a trip to Central Canal.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Indianapolis trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Columbus to Indianapolis by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. May in Indianapolis sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums

Saint Louis

— 4 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Saint Louis is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, get to know the resident critters at Saint Louis Zoo, and see the interesting displays at City Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Saint Louis trip planner.

Drive from Indianapolis to Saint Louis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Indianapolis to Saint Louis due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Saint Louis are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Jefferson City.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours · Museums

Jefferson City

— 2 nights
Jefferson City is the capital of the State of Missouri and the fifteenth most populous city in the state. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): hike along Katy Trail State Park, get engrossed in the history at The National Churchill Museum, then appreciate the history behind Lewis and Clark Monument Trailhead Plaza, and finally steep yourself in history at Missouri State Penitentiary.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Jefferson City route planner.

You can drive from Saint Louis to Jefferson City in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Jefferson City can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Columbia.

Things to do in Jefferson City

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Columbia

— 2 nights
Columbia is a city in the U.S. state of Missouri and the county seat of Boone County. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Columbia: Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Boonville (in Boonville) and Arrow Rock State Historic Site (in Arrow Rock). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some culinary diversions at Columbia Culinary Tours, contemplate the long history of Francis Quadrangle, take in nature's colorful creations at Shelter Gardens, and stroll around Stephens Lake Park.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Columbia tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Jefferson City to Columbia in an hour. In May in Columbia, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Independence.

Things to do in Columbia

Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trips

Independence

— 1 night
Independence is the fifth-largest city in the state of Missouri. On the 27th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Stone Church, and then steep yourself in history at Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Independence day trip tool.

You can drive from Columbia to Independence in 2 hours. May in Independence sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Independence

Museums · Historic Sites

Kansas City

— 2 nights

City of Fountains

The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kansas City trip planner.

Kansas City is just a stone's throw from Independence. May in Kansas City sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Springfield

— 2 nights
On the 29th (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wild Animal Safari, look for all kinds of wild species at Springfield Conservation Nature Center, and then stop by Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Dickerson Park Zoo, then explore the fascinating underground world of Fantastic Caverns, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Springfield road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kansas City to Springfield takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Branson.

Things to do in Springfield

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Branson

— 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Carpenters Once More. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take in a show at Carpenters Once More, get great views at 165 Scenic Overlook, then get great views at College of the Ozarks, then browse the different shops at Branson Landing, and finally ponder the design of Dancing Water Fountain. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Titanic Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake, and finally trek along Table Rock Lakeshore Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Branson driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Springfield to Branson takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Branson sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 55°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Nature · Nightlife · Shopping

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

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.