20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary maker

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Nashville
— 1 day
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Grand Island
— 1 night
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Keystone
— 9 nights
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Saint Louis
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Nashville

— 1 day

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Cooter’s Museum and Store Nashville, then take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, and then take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville vacation planner.

Tampa to Nashville is an approximately 12-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tampa to Nashville. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Tampa in December: high temperatures in Nashville hover around 53°F and lows are around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Grand Island.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks · Museums

Grand Island

— 1 night
Grand Island is a city in and the county seat of Hall County, Nebraska, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Grand Island trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nashville to Grand Island. In December, Grand Island is slightly colder than Nashville - with highs of 38°F and lows of 18°F. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Grand Island

Museums

Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 25th (Fri), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church. On your second day here, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then test your team's savvy at Rabbit Hole Recreation Services - Escape Rooms, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Healing Waters Mind and Body Float Studio.

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Explore your travel options from Grand Island to Denver with the Route module. Traveling from Grand Island to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. December in Denver sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 19°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

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 27th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs tour planning website.

Drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. December in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 18°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Museums

Salt Lake City

— 2 nights

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
On the 28th (Mon), gear up at Ski Butlers Park City, cool off at Park City Mountain Resort, and then get the adrenaline pumping with Utah Olympic Park. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Utah, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square, and finally contemplate the long history of Assembly Hall.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City day trip planning website.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Salt Lake City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Colorado Springs, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Salt Lake City, ranging from highs of 39°F to lows of 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can fly to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and then explore the striking landscape at Biscuit Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to The 45th Parallel, take in the awesome beauty at Elephant Back Mountain, and then explore the activities along Lehardy's Rapids.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Salt Lake City in December, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are little chillier (23°F), and nights are much colder (3°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Keystone.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Keystone

— 9 nights

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Bring the kids along to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Needles Eye Tunnel. Change things up with these side-trips from Keystone: Custer (Sylvan Lake, Wildlife Loop Road, &more), Hot Springs (Red Rock River Resort, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, &more) and Bicycle Sculpture (in Pringle). And it doesn't end there: hike along Presidential Trail, take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Hills.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Keystone day trip planning website.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Keystone in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in December; daily highs in Keystone reach 34°F and lows reach 13°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Saint Louis

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, explore the world behind art at Saint Louis Art Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis trip planner.

You can fly from Keystone to Saint Louis in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Keystone to Saint Louis, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Saint Louis when traveling from Keystone in January, with lows around 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Museums · Historic Sites

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.

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.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · National Parks
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.