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Saint Louis
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Gatlinburg — 5 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Gatlinburg is known for breweries & distilleries, wineries, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, do a tasting at Little Bear Winery, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and cool off at Dollywood.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg route planner.

Fort Myers to Gatlinburg is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In April, Gatlinburg is a bit cooler than Fort Myers - with highs of 72°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Billings.
Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Theme Parks
Side Trips

Billings — 4 nights

Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Billings: Red Lodge (Back Alley Metals & Beartooth Slingshot Rentals), Cody (Cody Dug Up Gun Museum & Buffalo Bill Center of the West) and Stillwater Anglers (in Columbus). There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Globe Trekkers Tours, do a tasting at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, stroll around Pioneer Park, and sample the tasty concoctions at Canyon Creek Brewing.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Billings holiday planning app.

You can fly from Gatlinburg to Billings in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Gatlinburg to Billings. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Gatlinburg in April: high temperatures in Billings hover around 57°F and lows are around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Council Bluffs.
Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trips

Council Bluffs — 1 night

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stroll around Bayliss Park, then try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanesville Tabernacle, and finally walk around Hitchcock Nature Center.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Council Bluffs day trip website.

You can fly from Billings to Council Bluffs in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Billings to Council Bluffs is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Council Bluffs when traveling from Billings in April, with lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Des Moines.
Parks · Fun & Games · Wildlife · Casinos
Side Trip

Des Moines — 1 night

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. On the 20th (Thu), get into the urban bustle at Des Moines Civic Center, get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, then let the kids burn off some steam at Rotary Riverwalk Park, and finally explore and take pictures at High Trestle Trail Bridge.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Des Moines trip planner.

Drive from Council Bluffs to Des Moines in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. April in Des Moines sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dubuque.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Shopping
Side Trip

Dubuque — 2 nights

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. On the 21st (Fri), examine the collection at National Motorcycle Museum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bailey's Ford Recreation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): stroll around Mines of Spain, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, then take in the pleasant sights at Riverwalk, and finally pause for some photo ops at Veteran's Memorial Plaza.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Dubuque online travel route planner.

Drive from Des Moines to Dubuque in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April, Dubuque is slightly colder than Des Moines - with highs of 56°F and lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Davenport.
Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

Davenport — 2 nights

Davenport is the county seat of Scott County in Iowa and is the largest of the Quad Cities, a metropolitan area with a population estimate of 382,630 and a CSA population of 474,226, making it the 90th largest CSA in the nation. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): walk around Vander Veer Botanical Park, then take an in-depth tour of Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, then look for gifts at Aunt Hattie's Fanciful Emporium Unique Gift Shop, and finally learn about winemaking at Wide River Winery Tasting Room. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the engaging exhibits at Family Museum of Arts and Science, then sample the tasty concoctions at Great River Brewery, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Contrary Brewing Company.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Davenport trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Dubuque to Davenport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dubuque in April: highs in Davenport hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saint Louis.
Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Wineries
Side Trips

Saint Louis — 5 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint Louis: Springfield (Dana-Thomas House & Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum) and New Haven (Robller Vineyard, Pinckney Bend Distillery, &more). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, stroll around Forest Park, get to know the resident critters at Saint Louis Zoo, and examine the collection at City Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Saint Louis road trip planning tool.

Drive from Davenport to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Davenport in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Saint Louis, with lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries
Side Trips

United States travel guide

Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
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.

Iowa travel guide

Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
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."