36 days in Continental USA Itinerary

36 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Charleston
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Myrtle Beach
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Orange Beach
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New Orleans
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Natchez
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Hot Springs
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Austin
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Santa Fe
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Sedona
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Las Vegas
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Moab
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Colorado Springs
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Oklahoma City
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Branson
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Topeka
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Omaha
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Charleston

— 2 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
On the 2nd (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, then appreciate the history behind Fort Moultrie, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Magnolia Cemetery. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Charleston trip builder tool.

Atlanta to Charleston is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Myrtle Beach

— 3 nights
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. Get outdoors at Cherry Grove Beach and Litchfield Beach. Popular historic sites such as Atalaya and Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at La Belle Amie Vineyard, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Myrtle Beach trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Charleston to Myrtle Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Myrtle Beach can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Orange Beach.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Orange Beach

— 1 night
Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Malbis Memorial Church and then enjoy the sand and surf at Orange Beach Waterfront Park. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: choose your vessel at WildNative Tours and then tour the water at your own pace with Orange Beach Boat Rentals.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Orange Beach trip planner.

You can drive from Myrtle Beach to Orange Beach in 12.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Myrtle Beach to Orange Beach is minus 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Orange Beach are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to New Orleans.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Transportation · Wildlife

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 3 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and Immaculate Conception Church. Lake Lawn Metairie and Hermann-Grima House will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Destrehan Plantation, explore the world behind art at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, and sample the fine beverages at Old New Orleans Rum Distillery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the New Orleans day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Orange Beach to New Orleans takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Orange Beach, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Natchez.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Natchez

— 2 nights
Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. On the 12th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Natchez National Cemetery, then learn about winemaking at Old South Winery, then admire the landmark architecture of Auburn Museum & Historic Home, and finally contemplate the long history of First Presbyterian Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Natchez National Historical Park.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Natchez travel website.

Drive from New Orleans to Natchez in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. While traveling from New Orleans, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Natchez, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Natchez

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wineries

Hot Springs

— 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): learn about winemaking at The Winery of Hot Springs, hike along Grand Promenade, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Bathhouse Soapery, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ouachita National Forest, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anthony Chapel.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hot Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Natchez to Hot Springs in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Hot Springs are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Austin.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Austin

— 2 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the activities along Town Lake. On the next day, stroll the grounds of Texas State Cemetery, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

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Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Austin takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Hot Springs in October, things will get a bit warmer in Austin: highs are around 85°F and lows about 62°F. You will leave for Santa Fe on the 18th (Thu).

Things to do in Austin

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Santa Fe

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel Chapel.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe day trip planning tool.

Getting from Austin to Santa Fe by car takes about 14.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Austin to Santa Fe due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Austin in October, you will find days in Santa Fe are a bit cooler (69°F), and nights are much colder (41°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Spas · Historic Sites · Museums

Sedona

— 2 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 20th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Montezuma Well. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, stroll around Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, and then stroll through Doe Mountain Trail.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sedona trip planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Sedona by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Fe in October; daily highs in Sedona reach 77°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 1 night

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 22nd (Mon), visit Las Vegas Downtown.

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Traveling by car from Sedona to Las Vegas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sedona to Las Vegas. In October in Las Vegas, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your trip

Moab

— 2 nights

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 23rd (Tue): grab your bike and head to Slickrock Bike Trail and then hike along Park Avenue Trail.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Moab online trip builder.

Drive from Las Vegas to Moab in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Las Vegas to Moab, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in October: high temperatures in Moab hover around 71°F and lows are around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Moab

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
On the 24th (Wed), hike along Palmer Park. Keep things going the next day: stop by Garden of the Gods Trading Post, then identify plant and animal life at Bear Creek Nature Center, and then enjoy some music at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip site.

Traveling by car from Moab to Colorado Springs takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In October, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. You will leave for Oklahoma City on the 26th (Fri).

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Oklahoma City

— 2 nights

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 27th (Sat), wander the streets of Plaza District and then look for all kinds of wild species at Martin Park Nature Center. On your second day here, try your luck at Firelake Grand Casino.

To find where to stay and tourist information, use the Oklahoma City tour itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Oklahoma City in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Colorado Springs to Oklahoma City is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in October; daily highs in Oklahoma City reach 77°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Branson.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Branson

— 2 nights

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): tee off at Top of the Rock Golf Course, then hike along Lost Canyon Nature Trail and Cave, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Table Rock Lakeshore Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taneycomo, and then take in the history at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield.

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

Traveling by car from Oklahoma City to Branson takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Oklahoma City, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Branson, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Topeka.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Topeka

— 2 nights
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Alma Creamery, then learn about winemaking at Prairie Fire Winery, and then pause for some serene contemplation at First Presbyterian Church Topeka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Grinter Farms and then look for all kinds of wild species at Prairie Park Nature Center.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Topeka trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Branson to Topeka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Omaha.

Things to do in Topeka

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Wineries

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 2nd (Fri): try your luck at Ameristar Casino Hotel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Family Shrine, and then do a tasting at Cellar 426 Winery. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Lewis and Clark Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Omaha trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Topeka to Omaha takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Topeka, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Omaha, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trips

Saint Louis

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site, steep yourself in history at The Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park, and then do a tasting at Montelle Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Anheuser-Busch Brewery and then identify plant and animal life at The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis driving holiday app.

Drive from Omaha to Saint Louis in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; 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 5th (Mon) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.

Alabama travel guide

4.4
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Military Museums · Specialty Museums
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.

Louisiana travel guide

4.3
Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.

Mississippi travel guide

3.5
Casinos · Historic Sites · History Museums
The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.

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.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

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.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Nevada travel guide

4.3
Performances · Fountains · Casinos
The Silver State
The neon streets of Las Vegas represent only one chapter in the story of Nevada, a sparsely populated state offering travelers a chance to discover the country's western frontier. Utterly unlike the more populated parts of the North American continent, Nevada's landscape includes huge deserts where you can easily leave modern civilization behind and enjoy a tranquil vacation. For a taste of untamed Nevada, explore the network of paved and unpaved roads leading to some of the world's most rugged and desolate natural wonders. If trying to make a fortune is high on your itinerary, remember that in the first state to legalize gambling, a slot machine is never too far away. Even gas stations and small motels in the largely deserted rural areas offer some form of gambling to the passing traveler.

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.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.

Oklahoma travel guide

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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.

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.

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.

Nebraska travel guide

4.6
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.