21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Sedona
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Moab
— 2 nights
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Santa Fe
— 1 night
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San Antonio
— 3 nights
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Oklahoma City
— 1 night
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Topeka
— 1 night
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Omaha
— 1 night
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Chicago
— 4 nights
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Jackson Hole
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Sedona

— 1 night

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 5th (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get interesting insight from Tours, and then cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Holy Cross and then admire the majestic nature at Slide Rock State Park.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sedona trip itinerary tool.

Los Angeles to Sedona is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sedona: temperatures range from 92°F by day to 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Sedona

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Nature

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park. Keep things going the next day: see the sky in a new way at RedRock Astronomy and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Moab trip planner.

You can drive from Sedona to Moab in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In July in Moab, expect temperatures between 97°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Nature · Trails · Parks

Santa Fe

— 1 night

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel and then take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe travel planner.

Getting from Moab to Santa Fe by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In July, Santa Fe is slightly colder than Moab - with highs of 88°F and lows of 60°F. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

San Antonio

— 3 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like SeaWorld and Morgan's Wonderland. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, cool off at Splashtown, make a trip to Main Plaza, and steep yourself in history at The Alamo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Antonio itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Santa Fe to San Antonio in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santa Fe to San Antonio is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Fe in July, with highs in San Antonio at 98°F and lows at 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in San Antonio

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
On the 13th (Tue), get a taste of life in the country at Express Clydesdales, get a new perspective on nature at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, and then appreciate the history behind Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Oklahoma City road trip planner.

You can fly from San Antonio to Oklahoma City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Antonio in July: highs in Oklahoma City hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Topeka.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Topeka

— 1 night
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museum of History, then get a sense of history and politics at Cedar Crest, and then examine the collection at Evel Knievel Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Topeka trip planner.

You can drive from Oklahoma City to Topeka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. July in Topeka sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Omaha.

Things to do in Topeka

Museums · Historic Sites

Omaha

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of The Durham Museum, meet the residents at Henry Doorly Zoo, and then admire the masterpieces at Joslyn Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Omaha trip builder.

You can drive from Topeka to Omaha in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Omaha are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Omaha

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nightlife · Parks

Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Museum of Science and Industry and Millennium Park. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, test your problem-solving skills at Fox in a Box Chicago, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, and take in the waterfront at Navy Pier.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Chicago trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Omaha to Chicago by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Rapid City

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Brule, stroll through Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Breezy Point Picnic Area, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, and then get in on the family fun at Storybook Island.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Rapid City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago to Rapid City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rapid City when traveling from Chicago in July, with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Jackson Hole

— 4 nights
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Old Faithful and Reel Deal Anglers. Explore Jackson Hole's surroundings by going to Grand Teton (in Grand Teton National Park) and Yellowstone National Park (Castle Geyser, Observation Point Trail, &more). There's more to do: get interesting insight from Ana's Grand Excursions and snap pictures at Snake River Bridge.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Jackson Hole travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Jackson Hole takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rapid City in July; daily highs in Jackson Hole reach 79°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.

Utah travel guide

4.7
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
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.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

Oklahoma travel guide

4
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.

Kansas travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Zoos · Entertainment Centers
The Sunflower State
Generally considered the geographical center of the country, Kansas is a state rich in history, having served as home to diverse Native American tribes for thousands of years before European settlement. Once called "Bleeding Kansas" because of violent clashes between abolitionists and pro-slavery settlers, Kansas now carries the nickname the "Sunflower State," earned because of its massive production of sunflowers, corn, wheat, and sorghum. In addition to agriculture, the state is also known as an aviation hub. Sightseeing is easy, as wide-open spaces dominate the landscape of the western two-thirds of the state, which includes some of the only remaining native tallgrass prairie in the nation. Eastern Kansas contains rolling hills and most of the major cities, which draw tourism with their lively art, nightlife, and music scenes.

Nebraska travel guide

4.6
Aquariums · Shopping · History Museums
The Cornhusker State
Situated in the heartland of America, Nebraska is home to a large number of small rural communities and masses of farmland. The state's two main cities, Omaha and Lincoln, are abuzz with youthful energy and cultural delights. Your itinerary can include a trip to the cities' museums to learn about the state's past, or tours of the area's important pioneer and Native American sites. The state's central location means that it has been crossed by many trails, but it was the California Gold Rush of 1848-1855 that originally brought large numbers of non-indigenous people to the area. Scenic river valleys offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor vacation activities, while Nebraska's agricultural towns charm visitors with their all-American spirit.

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.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
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.