24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

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Minneapolis
— 2 nights
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Des Moines
— 1 night
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Omaha
— 1 night
Drive
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Overland Park
— 1 night
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Saint Louis
— 1 night
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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
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Oklahoma City
— 1 night
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
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Moab
— 2 nights
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Jackson Hole
— 3 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Bozeman, Fly to Rapid City
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Bismarck
— 2 nights
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Minneapolis

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
On the 21st (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, then admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, then find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Rybicki Cheese.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis travel route builder tool.

Durham to Minneapolis is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Durham to Minneapolis. Traveling from Durham in November, expect Minneapolis to be slightly colder, temps between 43°F and 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

1
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Des Moines

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 22nd (Sun), test your team's savvy at Breakout, stroll around Gray's Lake Park, and then walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Des Moines route builder website.

You can fly from Minneapolis to Des Moines in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Minneapolis, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Des Moines, ranging from highs of 51°F to lows of 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Omaha.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

1
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Omaha

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 23rd (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Old Market, take in nature's colorful creations at Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Henry Doorly Zoo, and finally look for gifts at Old Market Candy Shop.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Omaha planner.

You can drive from Des Moines to Omaha in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Omaha, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Overland Park.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

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Overland Park

Overland Park is the second most populous city in the U.S. On the 24th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Cabela's, then admire the natural beauty at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, then admire the natural beauty at Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and finally appreciate the history behind Korean War Veterans Memorial.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Overland Park trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Omaha to Overland Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Overland Park

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

1
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Saint Louis

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 25th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden, and then get to know the fascinating history of St. Charles Historic District.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Saint Louis vacation builder.

Drive from Overland Park to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In November in Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

2
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Hot Springs

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.
On the 26th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Fordyce Bathhouse, then look for gifts at Bathhouse Soapery, and then take in panoramic vistas at Hot Springs Mountain Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: gain insight at Garland County Library, then admire the natural beauty at Garvan Woodland Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anthony Chapel, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hot Springs trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Saint Louis to Hot Springs in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In November, Hot Springs is a bit warmer than Saint Louis - with highs of 62°F and lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping

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Oklahoma City

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 28th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Myriad Botanical Gardens, then learn more about the world around you at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, and then test your problem-solving skills at Clue Quest.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Oklahoma City road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Oklahoma City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Oklahoma City can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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Santa Fe

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 30th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and finally stop by Canyon Road. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, then trek along Canyon Trail, then look for gifts at True West Gallery, and finally appreciate the history behind Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip planner.

Getting from Oklahoma City to Santa Fe by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Oklahoma City to Santa Fe, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Oklahoma City in November; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 54°F and lows reach 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Moab.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Moab

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 2nd (Wed): see Off-Road Tours, grab your bike and head to Bike Fiend, and then stop by The T Shirt Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park.

Plan a Moab trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Santa Fe to Moab by combination of flight and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Santa Fe in December, things will get little chillier in Moab: highs are around 38°F and lows about 15°F. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Fri) before leaving for Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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Jackson Hole

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Mangelsen Images of Nature, don't miss a visit to Town Square, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Scenic Safaris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Thal Glass Studio, then take in the awesome beauty at Rendezvous Mountain, and then whizz through the canopy at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Jackson Hole visit planning tool.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Moab to Jackson Hole in 7.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Moab in December, with highs in Jackson Hole at 26°F and lows at 7°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

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West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Blue Star Spring, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and finally get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Observation Point Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Elephant Back Mountain, and then get outside with Bridge Bay Marina.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Jackson Hole to West Yellowstone takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Jackson Hole in December, with highs in West Yellowstone at 21°F and lows at -1°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Rapid City.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

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Rapid City

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 10th (Thu), brush up on your military savvy at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Pawnseum, then find something for the whole family at Storybook Island, and finally make a trip to Dinosaur Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rapid City, use our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from West Yellowstone to Rapid City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In December, Rapid City is somewhat warmer than West Yellowstone - with highs of 35°F and lows of 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Rapid City

Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping

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Bismarck

Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at North Dakota State Capitol Building, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Dakota Zoo, and then browse the different shops at Kirkwood Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Missouri River, get a taste of the local shopping with North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, then appreciate the history behind Buffalo Statue, and finally test your team's savvy at Trapped In Bismarck.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bismarck trip builder.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Bismarck takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to Bismarck. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rapid City in December: high temperatures in Bismarck hover around 26°F and lows are around 7°F. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bismarck

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Nature

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.

Iowa travel guide

4.1
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."

Nebraska travel guide

4.5
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.

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.

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

4.4
State Parks · Historic Sites · Art Museums
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Montana travel guide

4.8
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.

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.

North Dakota travel guide

4.6
National Parks · History Museums · Historic Sites
Geographic Center of the North American Continent
A primarily rural state, North Dakota is the ancient home of the Lakota tribe. Norwegian settlers once made up the European population, and one of the state's major attractions is the Norsk Høstfest, the largest Norwegian festival in the United States. The vast plains and never-ending sky inspire the many orchestras that call the state home. The spirituality of the music is second only to the spirituality of the people, as the state has the nation's highest percentage of churchgoing residents. The state's open fields are conducive to fishing, hunting, and winter activities.