37 days in Continental USA Itinerary

37 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

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Williamsburg
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Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 1 night
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
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Portland
— 2 nights
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Boise
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Moab
— 3 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Colorado Springs
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Medora
— 1 night
Drive to Bismarck, Fly to Minneapolis
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Minneapolis
— 2 nights
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Topeka
— 1 night
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Branson
— 2 nights
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Hot Springs
— 1 night
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Natchez
— 1 night
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Williamsburg

Colonial Capital

Founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between two rivers, Williamsburg served as a colonial capital of Virginia for over 80 years.
On the 25th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Bassett Hall.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Williamsburg planner.

Washington DC to Williamsburg is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Williamsburg can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to fly to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Pigeon Forge

— 2 nights

Center of Fun in the Smokies

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): walk around Chimneys Picnic Area and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, then hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and finally learn about winemaking at Mill Bridge Winery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge route builder website.

Traveling by flight from Williamsburg to Pigeon Forge takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Nashville

— 1 night

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 28th (Sun), test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), then browse the exhibits of Lotz House Museum, and then take in the history at Carter House.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nashville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pigeon Forge to Nashville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. Traveling from Pigeon Forge to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 2 nights
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): stroll through Cedar Sink Trail, explore the activities along Green River, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave. Keep things going the next day: trek along Tall Man's Misery and then trek along Fat Man's Misery.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mammoth Cave National Park road trip planning site.

You can drive from Nashville to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to fly to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Glacier National Park

— 3 nights

Crown of the Continent

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Step out of the city life by going to Virginia Falls and Iceberg Lake Trail. Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, and cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip site.

Traveling by flight from Mammoth Cave National Park to Glacier National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Glacier National Park. In June, Glacier National Park is a bit cooler than Mammoth Cave National Park - with highs of 75°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Portland.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Portland

— 2 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
On the 4th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Adelsheim Vineyard, then admire the verdant scenery at Sokol Blosser Winery, and then stop by Powell's City of Books. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Forest Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls, and then steep yourself in history at Columbia River Highway.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Portland trip planner.

Fly from Glacier National Park to Portland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Glacier National Park in July since evenings lows in Portland dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to fly to Boise.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Wineries · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Boise

— 1 night

City of Trees

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 6th (Mon), test your problem-solving skills at Boise Escape and then hike along Boise River Greenbelt.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Boise travel route planner.

You can fly from Portland to Boise in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Boise is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Portland in July: highs in Boise hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to San Francisco.

Things to do in Boise

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Fun & Games

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. SS Jeremiah O'Brien and Grace Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Fisherman's Wharf, take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ignatius Church, and wander the streets of SoMa.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Boise to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boise to San Francisco. Traveling from Boise in July, you will find days in San Francisco are much colder (73°F), and nights are slightly colder (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory. Relax by the water at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 83°F and lows of 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Theme Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Las Vegas

— 3 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Strip and The Mob Museum. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller, try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas, and ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in Las Vegas hover around 104°F, while lows dip to 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Zion National Park

— 2 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): stroll through The Narrows and then hike along Angel's Landing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Zion's Main Canyon and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Zion National Park journey planner.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Zion National Park, with highs around 94°F, while nights are colder with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Visiting Arches National Park and Double Arch will get you outdoors. Kids will enjoy Off-Road Tours and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's more to do: stroll through Park Avenue Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Moab trip planner.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Moab in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Zion National Park in July since evenings lows in Moab dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Moab to Colorado Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Moab in July: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 86°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Fun & Games · Museums

Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): catch some excitement at Carousel of Happiness and then take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Gateway Mesa Open Space Park and then ride a horse along Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Denver trip maker.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In July in Denver, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Medora.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Medora

— 1 night
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll through South Unit.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Medora online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Denver to Medora takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Denver in July since evenings lows in Medora dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Medora

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Minneapolis

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at Game Show Battle Rooms, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baker Park Reserve, and then test your team's savvy at The Escape Game. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Springbrook Nature Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kordiak County Park, and then stroll around Silverwood Park.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Minneapolis day trip app.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Medora to Minneapolis takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Medora to Minneapolis. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Medora in July since evenings lows in Minneapolis dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Topeka.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Trails · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Topeka

— 1 night
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. state of Kansas and the seat of Shawnee County. On the 27th (Mon), stroll through Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site and then have some family-friendly fun at Blade & Timber Axe Throwing - Lawrence.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Topeka road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Topeka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Minneapolis, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Topeka, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Branson.

Things to do in Topeka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Fun & Games

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 28th (Tue): find something for the whole family at The Branson Coaster, get your game on at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, 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 next day: stroll through National Tiger Sanctuary and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Branson trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Topeka to Branson in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Branson

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Hot Springs

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Ouachita and then pause for some serene contemplation at Anthony Chapel.

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

Traveling by car from Branson to Hot Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Hot Springs, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Natchez.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Natchez

— 1 night
Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Choctaw Hall and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary Basilica.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Natchez road trip planner.

Drive from Hot Springs to Natchez in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Natchez can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Natchez

Historic Sites

Virginia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Historic Sites
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.

Montana travel guide

4.7
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.

Oregon travel guide

4.4
Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

Idaho travel guide

4.5
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Waterfalls
The Gem State
The mountainous state of Idaho houses some of the country's largest stretches of unspoiled nature. There are plenty of opportunities for adventurous holidays here, with rapids, canyons, snow-capped mountains, expansive lakes, and waterfalls higher than Niagara Falls. Those on vacation with access to a car can enjoy some of the most scenic drives in the nation while traversing Idaho's rugged landscape. Boise, the state's capital and most populous city, provides cultural attractions such as museums, galleries, and theater. The students of Boise State University contribute to the city's vibrant and growing nightlife scene.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

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

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
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

4.3
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.

North Dakota travel guide

4.6
National Parks · History Museums · Performances
Geographic Center of the North American Continent
A primarily rural state, North Dakota is the ancient home of the Lakota tribe. Norwegian settlers once made up the European population, and one of the state's major attractions is the Norsk Høstfest, the largest Norwegian festival in the United States. The vast plains and never-ending sky inspire the many orchestras that call the state home. The spirituality of the music is second only to the spirituality of the people, as the state has the nation's highest percentage of churchgoing residents. The state's open fields are conducive to fishing, hunting, and winter activities.

Minnesota travel guide

4.4
Room Escape Games · History Museums · Shopping Malls
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.

Kansas travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Zoos · History Museums
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.

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.

Arkansas travel guide

4.5
State Parks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

Mississippi travel guide

3.4
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.