53 days in United States Itinerary

53 days in United States Itinerary

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Los Angeles
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Santa Fe
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San Antonio
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Branson
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Hot Springs
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Jackson
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Birmingham
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Atlanta
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Myrtle Beach
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Charleston
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Asheville
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Pigeon Forge
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Nashville
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Los Angeles

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Pack the 10th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles attractions app.

Fresno to Los Angeles is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Fresno in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are slightly colder (84°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Sedona

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): add some adventure to your tour with Clarkdale Kayak Co., examine the collection at Arizona Copper Art Museum, and then hike along Doe Mountain Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then see Off-Road Tours, and then cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179).

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sedona vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Sedona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Sedona. In August, daily temperatures in Sedona can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Sedona

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Trails

Side Trip

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Santa Fe

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Canyon Trail (in Cochiti Pueblo) and New Mexico River Adventures (in Embudo). There's lots more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with Santa Fe Balloon Company, head off-road at Santa Fe Mountain Adventures, admire the natural beauty at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, and look for gifts at Santa Fe Indian Market.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe tour builder tool.

You can drive from Sedona to Santa Fe in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sedona in August, expect Santa Fe to be a bit cooler, temps between 84°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

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San Antonio

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Travis Zipline Adventures (in Volente) and Austin (Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, ATXcursions, &more). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at The San Antonio River Walk, walk around Friedrich Wilderness Park, have fun at Brackenridge Park, and gain some tasty knowledge on Cottonwood Wine Tours.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read San Antonio trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Santa Fe to San Antonio in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Fe in August: high temperatures in San Antonio hover around 98°F and lows are around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in San Antonio

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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Oklahoma City

The Big Friendly

Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, contemplate the long history of Henry Overholser Mansion, and then admire the masterpieces at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. On your second day here, let the kids burn off some steam at Unpluggits Paint & Play, then get a new perspective on nature at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, and then stay fit while traveling at Drift Therapeutic Spa.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Oklahoma City day trip website.

Traveling by flight from San Antonio to Oklahoma City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Antonio in August; daily highs in Oklahoma City reach 91°F and lows reach 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Branson.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums · Spas · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

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Branson

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.
Branson is known for nightlife, theme parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Arcade City, take an in-depth tour of Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, kick your exploration up a notch at Zipline USA, and deepen your understanding at Titanic Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Branson online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Oklahoma City to Branson takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Oklahoma City in August, expect nights in Branson to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are slightly colder, around 85°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Branson

Tours · Parks · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

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Hot Springs

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 27th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Ouachita, pause for some serene contemplation at Anthony Chapel, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hot Springs day trip tool.

You can drive from Branson to Hot Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Jackson.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Adventure
Highlights from your trip

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Jackson

Jackson, officially the City of Jackson, is the capital city and largest urban center of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, then stroll around Winner's Circle Park, then test your problem-solving skills at Enter/Locked Escape Rooms, and finally get a new perspective on things with Capital City Kayak Adventures.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Jackson trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Jackson takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Jackson can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Birmingham.

Things to do in Jackson

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Adventure

Side Trips

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Birmingham

Magic City

Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): go all around town with Red Clay Tours and then examine the collection at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Birmingham online trip planner.

Drive from Jackson to Birmingham in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Atlanta.

Things to do in Birmingham

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Museums

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Atlanta

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Atlanta: Little Mulberry Park (in Dacula), Monastery of the Holy Spirit (in Conyers) and Paranoia Quest Escape the room (in Buford). And it doesn't end there: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, admire the masterpieces at National Center for Civil and Human Rights, see the interesting displays at World of Coca-Cola, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Georgia Aquarium.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Atlanta road trip tool.

You can drive from Birmingham to Atlanta in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. August in Atlanta sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

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Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. Myrtle Beach is known for nightlife, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hit the tides with Jack's Surf Lessons and Board Rentals, see the interesting displays at Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum, catch some excitement at Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Myrtle Beach holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Atlanta to Myrtle Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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Charleston

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Charleston is known for parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Isle of Palms County Park, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Charleston using our trip planner.

You can drive from Myrtle Beach to Charleston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Charleston, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charleston

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Pounding Mill Overlook (in Brevard), Falls Park on the Reedy (in Greenville) and French Broad Adventures (in Marshall). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Biltmore, sample some tasty brews at BREW-ed, learn about winemaking at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, and explore and take pictures at Blue Ridge Pkwy.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Asheville tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Charleston to Asheville in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Charleston in September, with highs in Asheville at 79°F and lows at 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Pigeon Forge

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pigeon Forge: Hartford (Zipline & River Rafting & Tubing) and Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Cosby Picnic Area, Clingmans Dome, &more). There's lots more to do: walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, and learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Pigeon Forge takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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Nashville

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 16th (Wed), go on a hair-raising tour with Franklin on Foot, witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, then whizz through the canopy at Soar Adventure Tower, and finally push the limits with Nashville FlyBoard. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nashville trip app.

You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Nashville in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pigeon Forge to Nashville due to the time zone difference. In September in Nashville, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Nashville

Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

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Louisville

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): sample the fine beverages at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co, then learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, and then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Endless Summer Paddle Company, then sample the fine beverages at Angel's Envy Distillery, and then examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Louisville trip planning site.

Getting from Nashville to Louisville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks · Nature

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Chicago

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and walk around Millennium Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Louisville to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Omaha.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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Omaha

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
On the 25th (Fri), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Henry Doorly Zoo.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Omaha sightseeing planner.

Getting from Chicago to Omaha by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September in Omaha, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 59°F at night. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Omaha

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Nightlife
Highlights from your trip

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Omaha to San Francisco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Omaha to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Omaha in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alabama travel guide

4.2
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.

Georgia travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Aquariums
The Peach State
Founded in 1733, Georgia was one of the original 13 colonies that became the United States. Much more geographically diverse than most visitors realize, the state features a scenic seacoast, high mountain peaks, and large urban centers, with broad rural areas in between. Once famous mostly for historical attractions memorializing the Civil War era and the Civil Rights Movement, Georgia now draws tourists from around the world with its rich musical tradition and distinctive cuisine. Start your Georgian adventure in Atlanta, the state's economic powerhouse, and then road trip to the coastal barrier islands, nature preserves, and chic vacation resorts.

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.

North Carolina travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
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.

Illinois travel guide

4.4
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.

Nebraska travel guide

4.5
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.