36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Kearney
Drive:  30​min
1
Minden
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Wichita
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Jackson
— 7 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
4
Destin
— 8 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Little Rock
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Tulsa
— 7 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
End: Kearney

3
nights
Minden

Minden ©
Minden is a city in, and the county seat of, Kearney County, Nebraska, United States. Get some historical perspective at Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site and The Willa Cather Foundation. Get in touch with nature at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park and Audubon Rowe Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Minden: The Geographic Center of the United States (in Lebanon), Longnecker Jewelry (in McCook) and Nebraska Prairie Museum (in Holdrege). The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Hastings Museum and examine the collection at Pioneer Village.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Minden day trip website .

Kearney to Minden is an approximately half hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 39°F in December, and nighttime lows around 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Wichita.

Things to do in Minden

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

The Geographic Center of the United States, Rock Creek Station State Historical Park, The Willa Cather Foundation, Longnecker Jewelry, Hastings Museum
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Pioneer Village ©
Pioneer Village
Nebraska Prairie Museum ©
Nebraska Prairie Museum

4
nights
Wichita

Wichita ©
Wichita is the largest city in the U.S. Visiting Sedgwick County Zoo and Great Plains Nature Center will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery and Small World Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Lindsborg (Red Barn Studio & Bethany Lutheran Church), William Allen White House (in Emporia) and Chase County Courthouse (in Cottonwood Falls). There's much more to do: stop by Nifty Nut House, take a stroll through Old Town, steep yourself in history at Old Cowtown Museum, and see the interesting displays at Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Wichita online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Minden to Wichita in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Minden in December: high temperatures in Wichita hover around 47°F and lows are around 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jackson.

Things to do in Wichita

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Lindsborg, Chase County Courthouse, Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum, Kaw Mission State Historic Site, St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church
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St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church ©
Small World Gallery ©
Small World Gallery

7
nights
Jackson

Jackson ©
Jackson, officially the City of Jackson, is the capital city and largest urban center of the U.S. Head to TurnRow Book Company and Antique Mall of the Southfor plenty of shopping. Popular historic sites such as Vicksburg National Military Park and Longwood are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Jackson: Vicksburg (Cedar Hill Cemetery, Attic Gallery, & more), Natchez (Natchez City Cemetery, Choctaw Hall, & more) and Canton Christmas Festival (in Canton). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, find something for the whole family at High Heaven, get some fabulous bargains at Outlets of Mississippi, and head outdoors with Trustmark Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Jackson day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Wichita to Jackson takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Wichita in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Jackson: highs are around 56°F and lows about 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Destin.

Things to do in Jackson

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Natchez, Vicksburg, Pearl, Canton Christmas Festival, B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center
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Vicksburg National Military Park ©
Vicksburg National Military Park
U.S.S. Cairo Museum ©
U.S.S. Cairo Museum

8
nights
Destin

Destin ©
With emerald water and white beaches, Destin is one of America's favorite vacation destinations.
Head to Pier Park and Quaysidefor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Panama City Beach and Gulf Islands National Seashore. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Destin: Pensacola (Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum & National Naval Aviation Museum), Pensacola Beach (Pensacola Beach & Fort Pickens Area) and Panama City Beach Winery (in Panama City Beach). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Modus Photography, kick back and relax at Navarre Beach, stroll through Henderson Beach State Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with Paul Brent Gallery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Destin online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Jackson to Destin by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Jackson in January, expect Destin to be a bit warmer, temps between 62°F and 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Little Rock.

Things to do in Destin

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Pensacola Beach, Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Panama City, Santa Rosa Beach
Highlights from your plan
National Naval Aviation Museum ©
National Naval Aviation Museum
Panama City Beach ©
Panama City Beach
Navarre Beach ©
Navarre Beach

4
nights
Little Rock

Little Rock ©
Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
Visiting Pinnacle Mountain State Park and Ouachita National Forest will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Butler Center Retail Gallery and Arkansas Peddlers Antique Mall. Explore Little Rock's surroundings by going to Hot Springs (Anthony Chapel, Artists' Workshop Gallery, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of William J. Clinton Presidential Library, get a sense of history and politics at Old State House Museum, steep yourself in history at The Old Mill, and take an in-depth tour of Little Rock Central High School.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Little Rock online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Destin to Little Rock in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Destin in January: high temperatures in Little Rock hover around 51°F and lows are around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tulsa.

Things to do in Little Rock

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hot Springs, Arkansas Peddlers Antique Mall, The Old Mill
Highlights from your plan
Anthony Chapel ©
Anthony Chapel
Fordyce Bathhouse Vistor Center ©
Fordyce Bathhouse Vistor Center

7
nights
Tulsa

Tulsa ©
Sometimes known as the "Buckle of the Bible Belt," Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma.
Visit National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and St Pauls Episcopal Cathedral for their historical value. Shop till you drop at Lovera's Italian Market and I-44 Antique & Collectibles Mall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulsa: National Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague (in Prague), Will Rogers Dog Iron Ranch and Birthplace Home (in Oologah) and Oklahoma City (Bricktown, Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, & more). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve, grab your bike and head to Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area, explore the world behind art at Philbrook Museum of Art, and contemplate the long history of Atlas Life Building.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tulsa vacation maker app .

Traveling by car from Little Rock to Tulsa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tulsa

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Oklahoma City, National Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague, Will Rogers Dog Iron Ranch and Birthplace Home, Lovera's Italian Market, Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve
Highlights from your plan

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