21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States planner

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Lexington
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Louisville
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Santa Claus
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Springfield
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Des Moines
— 1 night
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Sioux Falls
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De Smet
— 1 night
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Mitchell
— 1 night
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Rapid City
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Keystone
— 1 night
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Wind Cave National Park
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Cheyenne
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Kearney
— 1 night
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Kansas City
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Saint Louis
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Fly to Owensboro, Drive to Mammoth Cave National Park
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Mammoth Cave National Park
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Lexington

— 1 night

Horse Capital of the World

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Arboretum as well as Mary Todd Lincoln House. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): stroll through Kentucky Horse Park, contemplate the long history of Mary Todd Lincoln House, and then stroll around The Arboretum.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lexington attractions planning site.

Seneca to Lexington is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. In June, Lexington is slightly colder than Seneca - with highs of 84°F and lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
You've now added Churchill Downs to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, stroll the grounds of Cave Hill Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, and finally try to win big at Churchill Downs.

To plan Louisville vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Lexington to Louisville in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Claus.

Things to do in Louisville

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Santa Claus

— 1 night
Santa Claus is a town in Spencer County, Indiana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Holiday World & Splashin' Safari has been added to your itinerary. On the 25th (Fri), make a splash at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Claus trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Louisville to Santa Claus in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Santa Claus sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Springfield.

Things to do in Santa Claus

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

Springfield

— 1 night

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, contemplate the long history of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, then see the interesting displays at Illinois State Museum, and finally get advice or help at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Springfield road trip planner.

Drive from Santa Claus to Springfield in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Claus to Springfield, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Des Moines.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Historic Sites

Des Moines

— 1 night
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. On the 27th (Sun), find something for the whole family at Adventureland and then stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Des Moines holiday planner.

Getting from Springfield to Des Moines by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daytime highs in Des Moines are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Des Moines

Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Sioux Falls

— 1 day
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Your day by day itinerary now includes Butterfly House & Aquarium, Falls Park and Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. On the 28th (Mon), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Butterfly House & Aquarium, then walk around Falls Park, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls trip tool.

You can drive from Des Moines to Sioux Falls in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Des Moines in June, plan for little chillier nights in Sioux Falls, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

De Smet

— 1 night
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, then get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum, then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read De Smet trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to De Smet takes 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites · Museums

Mitchell

— 1 night
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Dakota Discovery Museum, then delve into the distant past at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, and then stop by Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mitchell trip planner.

You can drive from De Smet to Mitchell in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Mitchell are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Badlands National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): trek along Castle Trail, admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park route tool.

Drive from Mitchell to Badlands National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mitchell to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mitchell in June, plan for little chillier nights in Badlands National Park, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): get in on the family fun at Storybook Island and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rapid City online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Rapid City, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Keystone

— 1 night

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
On the 2nd (Fri), discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Keystone trip site.

Keystone is very close to Rapid City. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rapid City in July, with highs in Keystone at 80°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Wind Cave National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Wind Cave National Park

— 1 night
Wind Cave National Park presents one of the United States' few remaining intact prairies.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): hike along Elk Mountain Nature Trail and then explore the fascinating underground world of Wind Cave National Park.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Wind Cave National Park travel planner.

You can drive from Keystone to Wind Cave National Park in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Wind Cave National Park can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Wind Cave National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Trails
Highlights from your trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Beehive Geyser. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, trek along Inspiration Point, stroll through Observation Point Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Aurum Geyser.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Wind Cave National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 9 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Wind Cave National Park in July; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 73°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Cheyenne.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Cheyenne

Cheyenne is the capital and most populous city of the US state of Wyoming and the county seat of Laramie County. To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cheyenne day trip planner.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Cheyenne in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July: high temperatures in Cheyenne hover around 84°F and lows are around 56°F. You will leave for Kearney on the 8th (Thu).

Things to do in Cheyenne

Parks · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Nightlife

Kearney

— 1 night
Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. On the 9th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Great Platte River Road Archway Monument.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kearney road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cheyenne to Kearney takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cheyenne to Kearney is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kearney when traveling from Cheyenne in July, with lows around 63°F. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Kearney

Museums

Kansas City

— 1 night

City of Fountains

The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Kansas City Zoo and then get to know the resident critters at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kansas City trip planning website.

Drive from Kearney to Kansas City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kansas City when traveling from Kearney in July, with lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Kansas City

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Saint Louis

— 1 night

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.
The Gateway Arch has been added to your itinerary. On the 11th (Sun), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Saint Louis Zoo and then don't miss a visit to The Gateway Arch.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Saint Louis day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kansas City to Saint Louis takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Saint Louis sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 1 night
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
On the 12th (Mon), Head underground at Mammoth Cave and then get to know the resident critters at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Cave National Park trip itinerary maker app.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Saint Louis to Mammoth Cave National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Mammoth Cave National Park are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

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.

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.