22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
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Sioux Falls
— 4 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Rapid City
— 7 nights
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Branson
— 2 nights
Drive
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Eminence
— 2 nights
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Saint Louis
— 3 nights
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Sioux Falls

— 4 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Family-friendly places like Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie and Falls Park will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Mitchell (Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop & Corn Palace), Lake Vermillion Recreation Area (in Canistota) and De Smet Cemetery (in De Smet). There's much more to do: trek along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, get your game on at Escapades Escape Rooms, and learn about winemaking at Strawbale Winery.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls trip planner.

Tampa to Sioux Falls is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tampa in July; daily highs in Sioux Falls reach 83°F and lows reach 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 3 nights
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Attractions like Loop Road and Big Badlands Overlook make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Notch Trail, identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, and hike along Door Trail.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Sioux Falls in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Rapid City

— 7 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.
Attractions like Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Needles Eye Tunnel make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Spearfish (D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway), Keystone (Presidential Trail & Breezy Point Picnic Area) and Custer (Sylvan Lake, Wildlife Loop Road, &more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine, view the masterpieces at Insideout, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip planner.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Rapid City by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rapid City, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Branson

— 2 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.
On the 26th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake and then cool off at Silver Dollar City. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from College of the Ozarks, then have some family-friendly fun at Buster's Old Time Photos, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally get your game on at Escape Code.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Branson driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Branson takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Branson when traveling from Rapid City in July, with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Eminence.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Eminence

— 2 nights
Eminence is a city in Shannon County, Missouri, United States. On the 28th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Rocky Falls Shut-in and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alley Spring Grist Mill Historic Site. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Johnson's Shut-ins State Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Big Spring.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Eminence trip planner.

Traveling by car from Branson to Eminence takes 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Eminence are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Eminence

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Saint Louis

— 3 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 30th (Thu), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Saint Louis Zoo, then experience rural life at Grant’s Farm, and then get your game on at Top Notch Axe Throwing St. Louis. Here are some ideas for day two: revel in the low prices at Herbaria, then take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden, then walk around Forest Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Saint Louis trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Eminence to Saint Louis in 3 hours. July in Saint Louis sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

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.

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.