45 days in United States Itinerary

45 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

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Bismarck
— 4 nights
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Medora
— 3 nights
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Rapid City
— 8 nights
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Omaha
— 4 nights
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Des Moines
— 4 nights
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Saint Louis
— 7 nights
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Kansas City
— 6 nights
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Tulsa
— 5 nights
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Oklahoma City
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Bismarck

— 4 nights
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. Step off the beaten path and head to North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum and Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Stutsman County Memorial Museum and Dinosaurs of the Prairie. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bismarck: Fort Stevenson State Park (in Garrison) and Cross Ranch State Park (in Center). Next up on the itinerary: explore the landscape on two wheels at Keelboat Park and appreciate the history behind Buffalo Statue.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Bismarck trip planning app.

Denver to Bismarck is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May in Bismarck, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Medora.

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Medora

— 3 nights
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Explore hidden gems such as South Unit and Caprock-Coulee Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Maah Daah Hey Trail and Little Missouri National Grassland. Change things up with a short trip to Oxbow Overlook in Theodore Roosevelt National Park (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Painted Canyon Overlook, contemplate the long history of Von Hoffman House, and get engrossed in the history at Harold Schafer Heritage Center.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Medora road trip planner.

Getting from Bismarck to Medora by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Bismarck to Medora is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Medora can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Medora

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Rapid City

— 8 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Wind Cave National Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and other attractions you added. You'll explore and learn at South Dakota Air and Space Museum and Dinosaur Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Chapel in the Hills and Berlin Wall Exhibit. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at America's Founding Fathers Exhibit, take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Country USA, and see the interesting displays at Museum of the American Bison.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City online route planner.

You can drive from Medora to Rapid City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Medora in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rapid City, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Omaha.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Omaha

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Durham Museum and Joslyn Art Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Joslyn Castle and Czech and Slovak Educational Center and Cultural Museum. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, admire the landmark architecture of Union Pacific Railroad Center, take a stroll through Old Market, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Omaha vacation planning website.

You can fly from Rapid City to Omaha in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Rapid City in May, with highs in Omaha at 74°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Des Moines.

Things to do in Omaha

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Des Moines

— 4 nights
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Des Moines Art Center and Iowa Hall of Pride. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Saylorville Trail and The Temple for Performing Arts. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of State Historical Museum, walk around Easter Lake Park, and pause for some photo ops at Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens.

Plan my day in Des Moines using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Omaha to Des Moines takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Des Moines

Museums · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Saint Louis

— 7 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.
The Gateway Arch has been added to your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at The National Museum of Transportation and Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum. Get some historical perspective at Gateway Arch National Park and City Hall. Step out of Saint Louis with an excursion to First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site in Saint Charles--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at National Blues Museum, contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site, take in the pleasant sights at St. Louis Graffiti Wall, and take a stroll through Lafayette Square.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Saint Louis online journey planner.

Fly from Des Moines to Saint Louis in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 57°F at night. You will leave for Kansas City on the 31st (Mon).

Things to do in Saint Louis

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National WWI Museum and Memorial and Airline History Museum. You'll explore and learn at Arabia Steamboat Museum and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, get engrossed in the history at National Frontier Trails Museum, stroll around Lewis & Clark Historic Park at Kaw Point, and admire the natural beauty at Laura Conyers Smith Rose Garden in Loose Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kansas City trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Saint Louis to Kansas City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. You'll set off for Tulsa on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tulsa

— 5 nights

Buckle of the Bible Belt

Sometimes known as the "Buckle of the Bible Belt," Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Gilcrease Museum. Get some cultural insight at Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and Tulsa Art Deco Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Tulsa Garden Center and Philtower. There's more to do: take a stroll through Blue Dome District and take in nature's colorful creations at Linnaeus Teaching Gardens.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tulsa road trip app.

Traveling by car from Kansas City to Tulsa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in June, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Tulsa

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Oklahoma City

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes American Banjo Museum as well as National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology and Oklahoma Railway Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oklahoma City Museum of Art and Oklahoma Firefighters Museum. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, stop by Bricktown, and head outdoors with Oklahoma City Riversport.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Oklahoma City driving holiday website.

Drive from Tulsa to Oklahoma City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Oklahoma City can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.