43 days in United States Itinerary

43 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary planner

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Saint Louis
— 8 nights
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Kansas City
— 6 nights
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Denver
— 6 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 8 nights
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Phoenix
— 14 nights
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Saint Louis

— 8 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Do some cultural sightseeing at City Museum and Dana-Thomas House. Get outdoors at Grant's Trail and Parasailing & Paragliding. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Louis: Springfield (Washington Park, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, &more). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, admire the masterpieces at Saint Louis Art Museum, and stroll around Forest Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis road trip planning site.

New York City to Saint Louis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Saint Louis. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Saint Louis, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 46°F. On the 25th (Sun), you're off to Kansas City.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Kansas City

— 6 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National WWI Museum and Memorial and Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area and Little Blue Trace Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Blue Spring in Ellington (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at TWA Museum, get to know the resident critters at Kansas City Zoo, and steep yourself in history at Union Station.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kansas City road trip planner.

You can fly from Saint Louis to Kansas City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kansas City are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to fly to Denver.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Denver

— 6 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.
Get in touch with nature at Pikes Peak - America's Mountain and Flatirons. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Union Station. Venture out of the city with trips to Art Parts Creative Reuse Center (in Boulder), Gateway Mesa Open Space Park (in Castle Rock) and Colorado Springs (Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Canyon Open Space, &more). The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kansas City to Denver takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Denver. Traveling from Kansas City in May, things will get little chillier in Denver: highs are around 66°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Steamboat Springs

— 8 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Get in touch with nature at Strawberry Park Hot Springs and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of Northwest Colorado and Pioneer Village Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Steamboat Springs side-trips: Grand Lake (Grand Lake Nordic Center & Bowen Gulch Trail), Columbine Lake Trail (in Fraser) and Wyman Living History Museum (in Craig). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort, look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway, hike along Thunderhead Hiking Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Beaver Creek Ski Area.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs online tour planner.

You can drive from Denver to Steamboat Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver in May, expect Steamboat Springs to be slightly colder, temps between 61°F and 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Phoenix.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Phoenix

— 14 nights
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. Get in touch with nature at Off-Road Tours and Balloon Rides. Get some cultural insight at Musical Instrument Museum and Mission San Xavier del Bac. Change things up with these side-trips from Phoenix: Scottsdale (Kierland Commons, The Bajada Nature Trail, &more), Black Mountain Trail (in Cave Creek) and Tucson (Reid Park Zoo & Pima Air and Space Museum). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Desert Botanical Garden, indulge your senses at Arizona Scenic Tours - Day Tours, contemplate the long history of Montezuma Castle National Monument, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Phoenix trip builder tool.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Phoenix by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Steamboat Springs in May; daily highs in Phoenix reach 93°F and lows reach 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
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.