36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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Atlanta
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Nashville
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Louisville
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Indianapolis
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Chicago
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Milwaukee
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Saint Paul
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Minneapolis
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Duluth
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Des Moines
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Omaha
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Kansas City
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Topeka
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Saint Louis
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Springfield
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Atlanta

— 3 nights

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Do some cultural sightseeing at World of Coca-Cola and Booth Western Art Museum. You'll explore and learn at National Center for Civil and Human Rights and College Football Hall of Fame. Step out of Atlanta with an excursion to Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, walk around Centennial Olympic Park, and see the interesting displays at High Museum of Art.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Atlanta trip itinerary tool.

Fort Myers to Atlanta is an approximately 9.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 72°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Nashville.

Things to do in Atlanta

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Nashville

— 2 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 4th (Mon), stroll around Centennial Park and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then get engrossed in the history at Lotz House Museum, then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nashville online trip builder.

Getting from Atlanta to Nashville by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Nashville is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Nashville are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Nashville

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Louisville

— 2 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, look for all kinds of wild species at Hayswood Nature Reserve, and then surround yourself with nature on Indiana Caverns. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, then try your luck at Churchill Downs, and then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Louisville tour planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Louisville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Louisville are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Indianapolis

— 3 nights

Circle City

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.
Let the collections at Indianapolis Museum of Art and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Miller House and Garden and Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint John Evangelist Catholic Church, explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, make a trip to USS Indianapolis Memorial, and stroll the grounds of Crown Hill Cemetery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Indianapolis trip planning website.

You can drive from Louisville to Indianapolis in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Indianapolis can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Cantigny Park and then trek along Little Red Schoolhouse.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Indianapolis to Chicago by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Chicago are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Milwaukee

— 2 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Pabst Mansion and Riverwalk. Milwaukee Art Museum and North Point Water Tower are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Milwaukee: North Beach Park (in Racine), White River State Trail (in Elkhorn) and Geneva Lake Shore Path (in Lake Geneva). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Atwater Park & Beach and see the interesting displays at Harley-Davidson Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Milwaukee route planning tool.

You can drive from Chicago to Milwaukee in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. July in Milwaukee sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Saint Paul.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Saint Paul

— 3 nights

Twin Cities

The capital of Minnesota, Saint Paul represents half of the "Twin Cities" and embraces the outdoors and urban culture.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Fort Snelling and James J. Hill House. Cathedral of Saint Paul and Science Museum of Minnesota are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Paul: National Eagle Center (in Wabasha) and Sargent's Nursery (in Red Wing). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Minnesota History Center, look for gifts at Candyland, steep yourself in history at Wabasha Street Bridge, and get to know the resident critters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Saint Paul holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Milwaukee to Saint Paul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Saint Paul are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Saint Paul

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Minneapolis

— 3 nights

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.
You'll explore and learn at Wayzata Depot and Minneapolis Institute of Art. Step out of the city life by going to Baker Park Reserve and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on Stone Arch Bridge, find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of St. Mary, and take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis travel site.

Minneapolis is just a stone's throw from Saint Paul. In July in Minneapolis, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Duluth

— 2 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk, take in the exciting artwork at Art in the Alley, then enjoy the sand and surf at Park Point, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Western Waterfront Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, see the interesting displays at The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congdon Park, and finally browse the exhibits of Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Duluth road trip planning site.

You can drive from Minneapolis to Duluth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, expect Duluth to be a bit cooler, temps between 75°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Des Moines

— 2 nights
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Get a sense of the local culture at Salisbury House and John Wayne Birthplace & Museum. Take a break from the city and head to High Trestle Trail and Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 26th (Tue) at Adventureland. The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building and walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

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Getting from Duluth to Des Moines by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, Des Moines is a bit warmer than Duluth - with highs of 86°F and lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Omaha.

Things to do in Des Moines

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Omaha

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at The Durham Museum, admire the masterpieces at Joslyn Art Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanesville Tabernacle, and finally stroll around Hitchcock Nature Center. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Platte River State Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Family Shrine.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Omaha trip planning site.

Getting from Des Moines to Omaha by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Omaha are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Stone Church, then contemplate the long history of Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate, then get engrossed in the history at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Kaleidoscope, explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, then brush up on your military savvy at National WWI Museum and Memorial, and finally contemplate the long history of Union Station.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kansas City online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Omaha to Kansas City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. July in Kansas City sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Topeka.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Topeka

— 1 night
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): stroll through Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Topeka journey planning site.

Traveling by car from Kansas City to Topeka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Topeka

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Saint Louis

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Charles Historic District, identify plant and animal life at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, and finally examine the collection at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at World Bird Sanctuary and then identify plant and animal life at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Topeka to Saint Louis takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Saint Louis can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Springfield

— 2 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Union Station - Lincoln from History to Hollywood, get a sense of history and politics at Old State Capitol, then browse the collection at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Illinois State Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Springfield tour builder website.

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Springfield takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

United States travel guide

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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.