21 days in Continental USA Itinerary

21 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner

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Detroit
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Cincinnati
— 1 night
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Louisville
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 1 night
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Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
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Birmingham
— 1 night
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New Orleans
— 2 nights
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Natchez
— 1 night
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Hot Springs
— 1 night
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Oklahoma City
— 1 night
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Sedona
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Portland
— 1 night
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Coeur d'Alene
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
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Des Moines
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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 24th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Holocaust Memorial Center and then examine the collection at The Henry Ford.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Detroit trip itinerary builder site.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Detroit. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in April, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums

Side Trips

Cincinnati

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): stroll around Smale Riverfront Park and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cincinnati visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Detroit to Cincinnati takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Detroit in April: highs in Cincinnati hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks

Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 26th (Tue), gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour and then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Louisville online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cincinnati to Louisville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in April, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks · Nature

Nashville

— 1 night

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.
On the 27th (Wed), take in the history at Lotz House Museum, see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nashville visit planning app.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Nashville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Nashville due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Nashville are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trip

Pigeon Forge

— 1 night

Center of Fun in the Smokies

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then explore and take pictures at Little River Road, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge planning app.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Pigeon Forge takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, daytime highs in Pigeon Forge are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Birmingham.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Breweries & Distilleries · Adventure

Side Trips

Birmingham

— 1 night

Magic City

Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and then learn the secrets of beer at Red Clay Tours.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Birmingham sightseeing planning site.

You can fly from Pigeon Forge to Birmingham in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Pigeon Forge to Birmingham is minus 1 hour. April in Birmingham sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can fly to New Orleans.

Things to do in Birmingham

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Museums

New Orleans

— 2 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral, then stop by Faulkner House Books, then appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, and finally stroll around New Orleans City Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the New Orleans trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Birmingham to New Orleans takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Birmingham in April since evenings lows in New Orleans dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Natchez.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Natchez

— 1 night
Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): make a trip to Choctaw Hall and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary Basilica.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Natchez trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from New Orleans to Natchez in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and car. When traveling from New Orleans in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Natchez: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Natchez

Historic Sites

Hot Springs

— 1 night

Valley of the Vapors

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): head outdoors with Cedar Glades and then pause for some serene contemplation at Anthony Chapel.

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Traveling by car from Natchez to Hot Springs takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Oklahoma City

— 1 night

The Big Friendly

Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, then browse the exhibits of Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, and then learn the secrets of beer at Ride OKC.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Oklahoma City trip maker website.

You can fly from Hot Springs to Oklahoma City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Oklahoma City sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Sedona.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Outdoors

Sedona

— 1 night

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 5th (Thu), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then see Off-Road Tours, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sedona road trip planning tool.

Getting from Oklahoma City to Sedona by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oklahoma City to Sedona, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in Sedona sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): examine the collection at The Mob Museum and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner.

Getting from Sedona to Las Vegas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Sedona to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sedona in May: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 87°F and lows are around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, go for a walk through Lombard Street, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and make a trip to Coit Tower.

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Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in May, with highs in San Francisco at 69°F and lows at 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Portland.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Portland

— 1 night

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): admire the striking features of Pittock Mansion, admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, then explore the engaging exhibits at Portland Children's Museum, and finally look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

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You can fly from San Francisco to Portland in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Portland sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Coeur d'Alene.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Shopping

Coeur d'Alene

— 1 night
Coeur d'Alene is the largest city and county seat of Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): wander the wide-open spaces of Seven Stars Alpaca Ranch.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Coeur d'Alene trip planning app.

Getting from Portland to Coeur d'Alene by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Coeur d'Alene, with lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Yellowstone National Park.
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Yellowstone National Park

— 1 night

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 13th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park travel route builder.

You can fly from Coeur d'Alene to Yellowstone National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Coeur d'Alene to Yellowstone National Park. In May, Yellowstone National Park is a bit cooler than Coeur d'Alene - with highs of 53°F and lows of 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Des Moines.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Des Moines

— 1 night
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at 515 Brewing Company.

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You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Des Moines in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Des Moines. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Des Moines, with highs around 73°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Michigan travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.

Ohio travel guide

4.2
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

4.5
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.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.

Alabama travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Military Museums · Specialty Museums
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.

Louisiana travel guide

4.3
Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.

Mississippi travel guide

3.4
Casinos · Historic Sites · History Museums
The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.

Arkansas travel guide

4.5
State Parks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene.

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.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Hiking Trails · Lookouts
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Nevada travel guide

4.3
Performances · Fountains · Casinos
The Silver State
The neon streets of Las Vegas represent only one chapter in the story of Nevada, a sparsely populated state offering travelers a chance to discover the country's western frontier. Utterly unlike the more populated parts of the North American continent, Nevada's landscape includes huge deserts where you can easily leave modern civilization behind and enjoy a tranquil vacation. For a taste of untamed Nevada, explore the network of paved and unpaved roads leading to some of the world's most rugged and desolate natural wonders. If trying to make a fortune is high on your itinerary, remember that in the first state to legalize gambling, a slot machine is never too far away. Even gas stations and small motels in the largely deserted rural areas offer some form of gambling to the passing traveler.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Oregon travel guide

4.4
Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · River Rafting & Tubing · History Museums
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.

Iowa travel guide

4.1
Casinos · History Museums · Historic Sites
The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."