18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner

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Detroit
— 1 day
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Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly
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Omaha
— 1 night
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Arches National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly
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Branson
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Drive
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Indianapolis
— 1 night
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Detroit

— 1 day

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the galleries of Motown Museum, then examine the collection at Greenfield Village, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and finally explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Detroit trip planning tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Detroit. July in Detroit sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chicago

— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Art Institute of Chicago and Shedd Aquarium. There's much more to do: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, don't miss a visit to Millennium Park, and pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Detroit to Chicago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. July in Chicago sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Omaha.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Omaha

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at The Durham Museum, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Henry Doorly Zoo, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Old Market.

Plan a Omaha trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can fly from Chicago to Omaha in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In July in Omaha, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Omaha

Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping · Nightlife

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Bring the kids along to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and West Thumb Geyser Basin. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Point, hike along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Blue Star Spring.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary app.

Getting from Omaha to Yellowstone National Park by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Omaha, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Grand Teton National Park

— 2 nights

Mountains of the Imagination

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
On the 11th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Grand Teton, admire all the interesting features of Teton Park Road, and then take in the pleasant sights at Potholes Turnout. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier View Turnout, then stroll through Taggart Lake, then trek along Cascade Canyon Trail, and finally cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Grand Teton National Park travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Teton National Park, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 1 night
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 13th (Mon), get great views at Inspiration Point, then identify plant and animal life at Rim Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Sunrise Point, and finally trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bryce Canyon National Park tour planning tool.

Fly from Grand Teton National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in July, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Arches National Park

— 1 night

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, then don't miss a visit to Wolfe Ranch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Fiery Furnace.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Arches National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Arches National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in July, things will get a bit warmer in Arches National Park: highs are around 97°F and lows about 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): visit Old Colorado City, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Arches National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Arches National Park in July, with highs in Colorado Springs at 86°F and lows at 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

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.
On the 16th (Thu), have some family-friendly fun at TNT Old Time Photo, then cool off at Silver Dollar City, and then have some family-friendly fun at Escape Code. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at The Branson Coaster, then find something for the whole family at Runaway Mountain Coaster, then get your game on at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, and finally find something for the whole family at Arcade City.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Branson day trip planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Branson by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, Branson is a bit warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Fun & Games

Saint Louis

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Saint Louis Zoo, then have some family-friendly fun at Top Notch Axe Throwing St. Louis, and then relax in the rural setting at Grant’s Farm. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch and then see the interesting displays at City Museum.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis attractions planner.

You can drive from Branson to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Fun & Games

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 20th (Mon): meet the residents at Indianapolis Zoo, see the interesting displays at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and then have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Indianapolis journey builder app.

You can drive from Saint Louis to Indianapolis in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Indianapolis due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Saint Louis in July, you will find days in Indianapolis are slightly colder (83°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

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.

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.

Nebraska travel guide

4.6
Aquariums · Shopping · History Museums
The Cornhusker State
Situated in the heartland of America, Nebraska is home to a large number of small rural communities and masses of farmland. The state's two main cities, Omaha and Lincoln, are abuzz with youthful energy and cultural delights. Your itinerary can include a trip to the cities' museums to learn about the state's past, or tours of the area's important pioneer and Native American sites. The state's central location means that it has been crossed by many trails, but it was the California Gold Rush of 1848-1855 that originally brought large numbers of non-indigenous people to the area. Scenic river valleys offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor vacation activities, while Nebraska's agricultural towns charm visitors with their all-American spirit.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
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.

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.

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.