21 days in Continental USA Itinerary

21 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Fly to Kansas City International Airport, Drive to Kansas City
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Kansas City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Branson
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Fly
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New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mobile
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hilton Head
— 3 nights
Drive
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Charleston
— 3 nights
Drive
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Murrells Inlet
— 1 night
Drive to Charleston International Airport, Fly to Bologna

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Union Station and Country Club Plaza. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Arabia Steamboat Museum.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Kansas City trip itinerary maker tool.

Bologna, Italy to Kansas City is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Bologna in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kansas City, with lows of -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Branson.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Branson

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as National Tiger Sanctuary and Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. Go for a jaunt from Branson to Eureka Springs to see Thorncrown Chapel about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: get great views at College of the Ozarks, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, browse the different shops at Branson Landing, and take in panoramic vistas at Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Branson trip builder site.

Drive from Kansas City to Branson in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Hot Springs

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in nature's colorful creations at Garvan Woodland Gardens, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anthony Chapel. On your second day here, make a trip to Bathhouse Row and then contemplate the long history of Fordyce Bathhouse.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hot Springs trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Branson to Hot Springs in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Branson in December; daily highs in Hot Springs reach 15°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to fly to New Orleans.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

New Orleans

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Whitney Plantation and Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World and Oak Alley Plantation. Change things up with these side-trips from New Orleans: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Slidell) and Houmas House and Gardens (in Darrow). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Presbytere, walk around New Orleans City Park, and admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the New Orleans online holiday maker.

Fly from Hot Springs to New Orleans in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Hot Springs in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Mobile.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mobile

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Gulf State Park Fishing Pier and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gulf State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at Battleship USS ALABAMA and then get to know the fascinating history of Bellingrath Gardens and Home.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mobile trip planner.

You can drive from New Orleans to Mobile in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from New Orleans in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Mobile, with highs around 21°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Mobile

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Hilton Head

— 3 nights
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Explore hidden gems such as Hilton Head Island Bike Trails and Coastal Discovery Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours. Go for a jaunt from Hilton Head to Beaufort to see Hunting Island State Park about 1h 20 min away. It doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Fly from Mobile to Hilton Head in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Mobile to Hilton Head, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Charleston

— 3 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Boone Hall Plantation and Nathaniel Russell House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at The Center for Birds of Prey and Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area. When in Charleston, make a side trip to see Charleston Tea Garden in Wadmalaw Island, approximately Wadmalaw Island away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Angel Oak Tree, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Charleston road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Hilton Head to Charleston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Murrells Inlet.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Murrells Inlet

— 1 night
Murrells Inlet is an unincorporated area and census-designated place straddling the line between Horry and Georgetown Counties in South Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Huntington Beach State Park and then admire the natural beauty at Brookgreen Gardens.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Murrells Inlet trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Charleston to Murrells Inlet takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Murrells Inlet can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Murrells Inlet

Parks · Nature · Museums

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.

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.

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.

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.

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens · Beaches
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.