32 days in United States Itinerary

32 days in United States Itinerary

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32 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Louisville
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Lafayette
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Kansas City
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Columbia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Branson
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Sullivan
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Staunton
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Murphysboro
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Seattle

4
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) and Old Louisville. Visiting Louisville Mega Cavern and Spring Mill State Park will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, explore the world behind art at 21c Museum Hotel, examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, and make a trip to Zachary Taylor National Cemetery.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Louisville driving holiday website .

Seattle to Louisville is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. When traveling from Seattle in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Louisville: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lafayette.

Things to do in Louisville

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Spring Mill State Park
Highlights from your plan
Old Louisville ©
Old Louisville
Spring Mill State Park ©
Spring Mill State Park

1
night
Lafayette

Lafayette ©
Lafayette is a city in and the county seat of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States, located 63mi northwest of Indianapolis and 105mi southeast of Chicago. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): witness the site of a historic battle at Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum, head outdoors with Exploration Acres, then get engrossed in the history at Linden Depot Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Haan Museum Sculpture Garden.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lafayette trip planner .

Drive from Louisville to Lafayette in 3 hours. Traveling from Louisville in October, expect Lafayette to be a bit cooler, temps between 66°F and 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Lafayette

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Linden Depot Museum, Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum
Highlights from your plan
Linden Depot Museum ©
Linden Depot Museum
Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum ©
Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum
Haan Museum Sculpture Garden ©
Haan Museum Sculpture Garden

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chicago Riverwalk and Holy Name Cathedral. The Art Institute of Chicago and St. Joseph Lighthouses are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chicago: South Bend (Basilica of the Sacred Heart & Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes), Starved Rock State Park (in Utica) and Baha'i House of Worship (in Wilmette). The adventure continues: explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail and don't miss a visit to Buckingham Fountain.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Chicago day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Lafayette to Chicago takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Lafayette to Chicago is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

South Bend, Baha'i House of Worship, St. Joseph Lighthouses, Starved Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Baha'i House of Worship ©
Baha'i House of Worship
Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart

4
nights
Kansas City

Kansas City ©
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Union Station and Liberty Jail Historic Site. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arabia Steamboat Museum and Country Club Plaza. Take a break from Kansas City with a short trip to Jesse James Birthplace Museum in Kearney, about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, contemplate the long history of Bingham Waggoner Estate, look and learn at The Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station, and get engrossed in the history at Jesse James Bank Museum.

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You can fly from Chicago to Kansas City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Chicago in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kansas City, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Columbia.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Liberty, Jesse James Birthplace Museum, Bingham Waggoner Estate
Highlights from your plan
Union Station ©
Union Station
Arabia Steamboat Museum ©
Arabia Steamboat Museum
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum ©
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

5
nights
Columbia

Columbia ©
Columbia is a city in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grindstone Nature Area and Finger Lakes State Park. Rocheport and Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Columbia: Nicholas Beazley Aviation Museum (in Marshall), Champion Bicycles (in Sedalia) and Arrow Rock State Historic Site (in Arrow Rock). There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Garth Nature Area, do a tasting at West Winery, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art and Archaeology, and look for gifts at Craft Beer Cellar.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Columbia trip planner .

You can drive from Kansas City to Columbia in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Columbia are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Columbia

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Rocheport, Sedalia, Thousand Hills State Park, Nicholas Beazley Aviation Museum, West Winery
Highlights from your plan
Finger Lakes State Park ©
Finger Lakes State Park
Rocheport ©
Rocheport
Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site ©
Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

5
nights
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Get some cultural insight at Pea Ridge National Military Park and Ralph Foster Museum. Get outdoors at Talking Rocks Cavern and Valley Watermill Park. Explore Branson's surroundings by going to Gay Perdita Sinclair Station Route 66 Memorabalia (in Ash Grove), Bella Vista (Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel & Bella Vista Museum) and Wilson's Creek National Battlefield (in Republic). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Veterans Memorial Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower, trek along Lost Canyon Nature Trail and Cave, and have some family-friendly fun at Buster's Old Time Photos.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Branson online road trip planner .

You can drive from Columbia to Branson in 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Branson can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Sullivan.

Things to do in Branson

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Bella Vista, Valley Watermill Park, Railway Winery @ Trestle 71-7, Gay Perdita Sinclair Station Route 66 Memorabalia, Pea Ridge National Military Park
Highlights from your plan
Veterans Memorial Museum ©
Veterans Memorial Museum
Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel ©
Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield ©

3
nights
Sullivan

Sullivan ©
Sullivan is a city that straddles the border of Franklin County and Crawford County in the U.S. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows and John Colter Memorial. Do some cultural sightseeing at Martin Brothers Winery and Sandy Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site. Venture out of the city with trips to Louis P. Balducci Vineyards (in Augusta), Thierbach Orchards & Berry Farm (in Marthasville) and New Haven (Robller Vineyard & Pinckney Bend Distillery). Next up on the itinerary: explore the landscape on two wheels at Bluff View Trail, sample the tasty concoctions at Tin Mill Brewing Company, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rockwoods Reservation.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sullivan trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Branson to Sullivan in 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Sullivan are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Staunton.

Things to do in Sullivan

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

New Haven, Wildwood, Hermann, Sandy Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site, Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows
Highlights from your plan
Pinckney Bend Distillery ©
Pinckney Bend Distillery
Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows ©
Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows
Martin Brothers Winery ©
Martin Brothers Winery

1
night
Staunton

Staunton ©
Staunton is the second largest city in Macoupin County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): browse for treasures at Pink Elephant Antique Mall, don't miss a visit to Soulsby Service Station, then admire the majestic nature at Piney Creek Ravine - State Natural Area, and finally get a taste of life in the country at Henry's Rabbit Ranch.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Staunton day trip planning website .

You can drive from Sullivan to Staunton in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Murphysboro.

Things to do in Staunton

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Soulsby Service Station, Pink Elephant Antique Mall, Piney Creek Ravine - State Natural Area
Highlights from your plan
Pink Elephant Antique Mall ©
Pink Elephant Antique Mall
Henry's Rabbit Ranch ©
Henry's Rabbit Ranch
Soulsby Service Station ©
Soulsby Service Station

3
nights
Murphysboro

Murphysboro ©
Murphysboro is a city in and the county seat of Jackson County, Illinois, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Little Grand Canyon and Tunnel Hill State Trail. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fort de Chartes and StarView Vineyards. Get out of town with these interesting Murphysboro side-trips: Blue Sky Vineyard (in Makanda) and Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge (in Marion).

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Murphysboro trip planner.

Traveling by car from Staunton to Murphysboro takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Murphysboro are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Murphysboro

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Blue Sky Vineyard, Little Grand Canyon, Fort de Chartes, Tunnel Hill State Trail, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge ©
Fort de Chartes ©
Fort de Chartes
StarView Vineyards ©
StarView Vineyards

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