20 days in Continental USA Itinerary

20 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip builder
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Philadelphia
— 3 nights
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Gettysburg
— 2 nights
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Branson
— 2 nights
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Kansas City
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Oklahoma City
— 2 nights
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Saint Louis
— 2 nights
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Louisville
— 2 nights
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Lexington
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Philadelphia — 3 nights

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
When in Philadelphia, make a side trip to see Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, approximately Kennett Square away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Franklin Square, explore the world behind art at Rodin Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Chanticleer, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia travel planning tool.

Miami to Philadelphia is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, Philadelphia is a bit cooler than Miami - with highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gettysburg.
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Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
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Gettysburg — 2 nights

Located near the memorial park marking the site of one of the largest Civil War battles, the town of Gettysburg sits in a landscape of rolling green hills with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Little Round Top and then walk around Gettysburg National Military Park. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your senses at Savor Gettysburg Food Tours and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gettysburg online trip maker.

You can drive from Philadelphia to Gettysburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Branson.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Branson — 2 nights

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
On the 22nd (Sun), find something for the whole family at Arcade City, cool off at Silver Dollar City, and then browse the exhibits of Titanic Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from College of the Ozarks, then contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Branson trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Gettysburg to Branson takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Gettysburg to Branson is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Kansas City.
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Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Museums
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Kansas City — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): learn about all things military at National WWI Museum and Memorial and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Kansas City journey planner.

Traveling by car from Branson to Kansas City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Kansas City are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to fly to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): learn the secrets of beer at Rocky Mountain Food Tours and then stroll around Garden of the Gods. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Kansas City to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kansas City in May; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 68°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can fly to Oklahoma City.
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Tours · Outdoors · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Oklahoma City — 2 nights

Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the galleries of Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Old Cathedral, and then appreciate the history behind Centennial Land Run Monument. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and then get a new perspective on nature at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Oklahoma City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Oklahoma City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in May: high temperatures in Oklahoma City hover around 79°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to fly to Saint Louis.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Saint Louis — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden, then get engrossed in the history at Campbell House Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Saint Louis Zoo, ponder the world of politics at Old Courthouse, and then take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Saint Louis road trip tool.

Getting from Oklahoma City to Saint Louis by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Louisville.
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Louisville — 2 nights

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 31st (Tue), learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour and then explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, then sample the fine beverages at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, and then try your luck at Churchill Downs.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Louisville tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Saint Louis to Louisville by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lexington.
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Lexington — 3 nights

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Explore Lexington's surroundings by going to Castle & Key Distillery (in Frankfort), Claiborne Farm (in Paris) and Sun Valley Farm (in Versailles). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on Unique Horse Farm Tours, experience rural life at Mill Ridge Farm, explore the galleries of Mary Todd Lincoln House, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at James E. Pepper Distillery.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lexington online journey builder.

You can drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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Pennsylvania travel guide

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History Museums · Specialty Museums · Casinos
The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.
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Missouri travel guide

4.5
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.
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Colorado travel guide

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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.
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Oklahoma travel guide

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Casinos · Monuments · Art Museums
The Sooner State
Boasting a rich Native American heritage and named after the Choctaw word for "Red People," Oklahoma remains home to about 40 native tribes who speak 25 distinct languages. Though the state remains one of the country's top producers of agricultural products, most of its inhabitants live within two metropolitan areas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The state is home to the 500-million-year-old Wichita Mountains, noted for being the site of the oldest national wildlife refuge in the United States. Explore the state's pristine natural areas while on vacation here, but be sure to leave plenty of time to tour its characteristic small towns, known for their food, music, and cultural festivals.
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Kentucky travel guide

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Caves · Distilleries · Specialty Museums
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.
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