31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
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Taos
— 4 nights
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Tonkawa
— 1 night
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Ponca City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lawrence
— 4 nights
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Saint Louis
— 5 nights
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Columbus
— 4 nights
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Washington DC
— 6 nights
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Santa Fe — 3 nights

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.
Visiting Bandelier National Monument and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pecos National Historical Park and New Mexico Legislature. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Jemez Springs (Jemez Mountains & Valles Caldera National Preserve), Bradbury Science Museum (in Los Alamos) and Canyon Trail (in Cochiti Pueblo). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of El Rancho de las Golondrinas, trek along Dorothy Stewart Trail, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and shop like a local with Nedra Matteucci Galleries.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe online tour planner.

Denver to Santa Fe is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. September in Santa Fe sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Taos.
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Taos — 4 nights

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Get outdoors at Enchanted Circle Drive and High Road to Taos. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseback Riding Tours and The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe. Change things up with these side-trips from Taos: Goose Lake Trail (in Red River) and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire). There's still lots to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, tee off at Taos Country Club, view the masterpieces at Enchanted Circle Pottery, and admire the majestic nature at Kit Carson Park.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Taos road trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Santa Fe in September since evenings lows in Taos dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tonkawa.
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Tonkawa — 1 night

Tonkawa is a city in Kay County, Oklahoma, United States, along the Salt Fork Arkansas River. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): try your luck at Tonkawa Indian Casino West and then try your luck at Tonkawa Indian Casino East.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tonkawa trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Taos to Tonkawa takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Taos in September: high temperatures in Tonkawa hover around 86°F and lows are around 62°F. You'll set off for Ponca City on the 19th (Mon).
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Ponca City — 2 nights

Ponca City is a city in Kay County and in Osage County in the U.S. state of Oklahoma, which was named after the Ponca Tribe. On the 19th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at The Botanic Garden and then grab your bike and head to Boomer Lake Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Lake McMurtry Natural Resource and Recreation Area, have fun and explore at Oklahoma Wondertorium, then get engrossed in the history at Marland's Grand Home, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Exploration Destination.

To see maps and other tourist information, refer to the Ponca City trip planner.

Ponca City is very close to Tonkawa. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in September, and nighttime lows around 64°F. On the 21st (Wed), you'll travel to Lawrence.
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Lawrence — 4 nights

Lawrence is the sixth largest city in the state of Kansas and the county seat of Douglas County, Kansas. Bring the kids along to Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad and Flint Hills Discovery Center. Get outdoors at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and Konza Prairie Research Natural Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lawrence: Abilene (Seelye Mansion & Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum), Evel Knievel Museum (in Topeka) and Manhattan (Kansas State University Insect Zoo, Tuttle Creek State Park, &more). The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Kansas State Capitol Building, don't miss a visit to Massachusetts Street, and look for gifts at OZ Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lawrence sightseeing tool.

Traveling by car from Ponca City to Lawrence takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Ponca City in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Lawrence, with lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Saint Louis.
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Saint Louis — 5 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and Forest Park. Visiting Meramec Caverns and Taum Sauk Mountain State Park will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Graham Cave State Park (in Montgomery City), Zipline (in New Florence) and Deutschheim State Historic Site (in Hermann). There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Grant’s Farm, contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site, explore the world behind art at Saint Louis Art Museum, and immerse yourself in nature at Elephant Rocks State Park.

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

Getting from Lawrence to Saint Louis by car takes about 4.5 hours. In September in Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Columbus.
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Columbus — 4 nights

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
Take a break from the city and head to Hocking Hills State Park and Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve. Kids will appreciate attractions like Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Old Man's Cave. Get out of town with these interesting Columbus side-trips: Ash Cave (in Logan), Ohio Caverns (in West Liberty) and First Concrete Street (in Bellefontaine). There's lots more to do: stroll around Smale Riverfront Park, wander the streets of Short North Arts District, observe the fascinating underwater world at Newport Aquarium, and stroll through Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum.

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You can fly from Saint Louis to Columbus in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Saint Louis in September: highs in Columbus hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to fly to Washington DC.
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Washington DC — 6 nights

The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Explore hidden gems such as Devils Den and Stony Man Mountain Overlook. Escape the urban bustle at Horseback Riding Tours and Elkwallow Picnic Area. Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: Dark Hollow Falls (in Shenandoah National Park) and Gettysburg (Little Round Top & Gettysburg National Cemetery). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, get to know the resident critters at National Zoological Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip site.

Fly from Columbus to Washington DC in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Columbus in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Washington DC, with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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United States travel guide

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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.
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