24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

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24 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
Drive:  12​h 45​min
1
Louisville
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Kansas City
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h
4
Alliance
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
7
Watford City
— 1 day
Drive:  10​h
8
Duluth
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Wisconsin Dells
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Mason City
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
11
Chicago
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
12
Indianapolis
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
End: New York City

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Louisville

Louisville
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Louisville planning tool .

You can fly from Shenandoah National Park to Louisville in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Gateway Arch.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Saint Louis trip app .

Getting from Louisville to Saint Louis by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. July in Saint Louis sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 68°F at night. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch

1
night
Kansas City

Kansas City
The city meets the Great Plains in Kansas City City, Kansas.
On the 20th (Sat), explore and take pictures at Community America Ballpark.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kansas City trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Saint Louis to Kansas City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Omaha.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Parks Fun & Games

1
night
Alliance

Alliance
Alliance is a city in Box Butte County, in the northwestern part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Alliance trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Kansas City to Alliance takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Alliance due to the time zone difference. In August in Alliance, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 54°F at night. You'll set off for Badlands National Park on the 12th (Mon).

Things to do in Alliance

Parks Nature Historic Sites

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night
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, stroll through Castle Trail, then explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook, and finally cruise along Loop Road.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Alliance to Badlands National Park in 3.5 hours. In August in Badlands National Park, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
White River Valley Overlook ©
White River Valley Overlook

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Four Mile Old West Town. Step off the beaten path and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Sylvan Lake. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, get great views at Mount Coolidge, and examine the collection at Custer County 1881 Courthouse.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Custer trip planner .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Custer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in July: high temperatures in Custer hover around 80°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Watford City.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, The Museum @ Black Hills Institute
Highlights from your plan
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Watford City

Watford City ©
Watford City, founded in 1914, is a city in and the county seat of McKenzie County, North Dakota, United States. You've now added Theodore Roosevelt National Park to your itinerary. On the 28th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Watford City trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Custer to Watford City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Watford City due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Watford City can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Watford City

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Highlights from your plan
Theodore Roosevelt National Park ©
Theodore Roosevelt National Park

4
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate and Two Harbors Lighthouse. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Canal Park and Lakewalk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Duluth: Two Harbors (Superior Hiking Trail & Split Rock Lighthouse State Park), Tettegouche Trail (in Silver Bay) and Palisade Head (in Beaver Bay). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, examine the collection at The Duluth Depot, get to know the fascinating history of Stoney Point, and identify plant and animal life at Park Point Nature Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Duluth trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Watford City to Duluth. Traveling from Watford City in August, expect nights in Duluth to be a bit warmer, around 59°F, while days are little chillier, around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Tettegouche Trail, Amnicon Falls State Park, Palisade Head
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate ©
Canal Park ©
Canal Park

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Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells ©
Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
Step off the beaten path and head to Witches Gulch and Climbing Tours. Get in touch with nature at International Crane Foundation and Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area. Venture out of the city with trips to Governor Dodge State Park (in Dodgeville) and National Mustard Museum (in Middleton). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of H.H. Bennett Studio, cool off at Mt. Olympus Resort, take in the pleasant sights at Riverwalk, and examine the collection at Mr Marvel's Wondertorium.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Wisconsin Dells trip planning site .

Getting from Duluth to Wisconsin Dells by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Duluth in August, expect nights in Wisconsin Dells to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Baraboo, Governor Dodge State Park, National Mustard Museum
Highlights from your plan
International Crane Foundation ©
International Crane Foundation
National Mustard Museum ©
National Mustard Museum
Witches Gulch ©
Witches Gulch

2
nights
Mason City

Mason City ©
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. On the 25th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Historic Park Inn Hotel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Music Man Square, then identify plant and animal life at Fossil & Prairie Center, then contemplate the long history of Stockman House Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Rock Crest - Rock Glen Historical District. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around East Park, identify plant and animal life at Lime Creek Nature Center, then get engrossed in the history at Kinney Pioneer Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Meredith Willson Boyhood Home.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mason City online trip maker .

Getting from Wisconsin Dells to Mason City by car takes about 4 hours. In August in Mason City, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Mason City

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Fossil & Prairie Center
Highlights from your plan
Fossil & Prairie Center ©
Fossil & Prairie Center
Stockman House Museum ©
Stockman House Museum

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): trek along Lakefront Trail, explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, walk around Millennium Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Name Cathedral, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Lincoln Park Conservatory, then steep yourself in history at Baha'i House of Worship, then learn about all things military at Cantigny Park, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverwalk Lot.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago road trip planning site .

You can drive from Mason City to Chicago in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Mason City in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Chicago, with lows of 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cantigny Park, Riverwalk Lot, Baha'i House of Worship
Highlights from your plan
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
Baha'i House of Worship ©
Baha'i House of Worship
Cantigny Park ©
Cantigny Park

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Indianapolis

Indianapolis ©
Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
On the 29th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Rhythm! Discovery Center, take an in-depth tour of Indiana Historical Society, then stroll through Indianapolis Cultural Trail, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Holliday Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Rocket Fizz, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint John Evangelist Catholic Church, examine the collection at Indiana Medical History Museum, then examine the collection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Oldfields-Lilly House and Gardens.

Plan trip to Indianapolis with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Chicago to Indianapolis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum ©
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
Saint John Evangelist Catholic Church ©
Holliday Park ©
Holliday Park

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