57 days in Continental USA Itinerary

57 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey maker

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Duluth
— 2 nights
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
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Detroit
— 4 nights
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Cleveland
— 5 nights
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Cincinnati
— 4 nights
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Indianapolis
— 4 nights
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Springfield
— 5 nights
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Saint Louis
— 5 nights
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Branson
— 4 nights
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Chicago
— 6 nights
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Milwaukee
— 5 nights
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Madison
— 2 nights
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Mason City
— 3 nights
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Minneapolis
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Duluth

— 2 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Visiting Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area and Brighton Beach Park will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Lakewalk and Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate. Take a break from Duluth with a short trip to Onyx Beach in Silver Bay, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Park Point, take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, immerse yourself in nature at Amnicon Falls State Park, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congdon Park.

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Minneapolis to Duluth is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Minneapolis in May, expect Duluth to be a bit cooler, temps between 53°F and 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 2 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): stroll around Boardman River Nature Center and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): stroll through Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Lake Michigan Beach Park, and then kick back and relax at Clinch Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Traverse City online travel planner.

You can fly from Duluth to Traverse City in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Duluth to Traverse City due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Duluth, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Traverse City, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Detroit

— 4 nights

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Escape the urban bustle at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area and Oak Openings Preserve Metropark. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and Detroit Institute of Arts. Get out of town with these interesting Detroit side-trips: National Museum of the Great Lakes (in Toledo) and Maumee Bay State Park (in Oregon). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Motown Museum, see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, and look for all kinds of wild species at Elizabeth Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Detroit online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Traverse City to Detroit in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Traverse City in May since evenings lows in Detroit dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cleveland.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Cleveland

— 5 nights

Forest City

A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Take a break from the city and head to Castalia Quarry Reserve and James H. McBride Arboretum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery and Dr. Bob's Gravesite. Venture out of the city with trips to Akron (Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens & F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm), Warther Museum (in Dover) and Back to the Wild (in Castalia). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeview Park, admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, and steep yourself in history at Wade Memorial Chapel.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cleveland trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Detroit to Cleveland in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Cleveland can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Cleveland

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cincinnati

— 4 nights

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum and Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption. Visit Carillon Historical Park and John Rankin House for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cincinnati: Great Miami River Trail (in Montgomery), Charleston Falls Preserve (in Tipp City) and Cincinnati Nature Center (in Milford). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at National Museum of the US Air Force, stroll the grounds of Dayton National Cemetery, get outside with Dayton Dragons Baseball, and take a peaceful walk through Redbird Hollow Preserve.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cincinnati trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Cleveland to Cincinnati in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Cleveland in May, you will find days in Cincinnati are a bit warmer (75°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Indianapolis

— 4 nights

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Indianapolis Museum of Art and Linden Depot Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Exotic Feline Rescue Center and Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Explore Indianapolis' surroundings by going to Cardinal Greenway (in Muncie), Marion National Cemetery (in Marion) and Neet Covered Bridge (in Rockville). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, stroll the grounds of Crown Hill Cemetery, and stroll through Spring Mill State Park.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Indianapolis vacation tool.

Drive from Cincinnati to Indianapolis in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Springfield

— 5 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Lincoln Home National Historic Site and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Get in touch with nature at Lincoln Memorial Garden and Lake Shelbyville. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Springfield: Douglas-Hart Nature Center (in Mattoon), Grand View Drive (in Peoria) and Wheels O' Time Museum (in Dunlap). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, snap pictures at Sugar Creek Covered Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and stroll the grounds of Camp Butler National Cemetery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Springfield trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Springfield takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Indianapolis to Springfield. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint Louis

— 5 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.
Campbell House Museum and The National Churchill Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Get out of town with these interesting Saint Louis side-trips: Bollinger Mill State Historic Site (in Burfordville), Onondaga Cave (in Leasburg) and Elephant Rocks State Park (in Belleview). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at City Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch, identify plant and animal life at Silver Mines Recreation Area, and admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Saint Louis trip maker app.

Getting from Springfield to Saint Louis by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Saint Louis can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Branson

— 4 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.
Titanic Museum and Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church and Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum. Step out of Branson to go to Mansfield and see Mansfield Cemetery, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, get in on the family fun at Silver Dollar City, contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake, and identify plant and animal life at National Tiger Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Branson travel route planning website.

You can drive from Saint Louis to Branson in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Chicago

— 6 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get some cultural insight at The Art Institute of Chicago and Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple. Step out of the city life by going to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Oak Street Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: Rosewood Beach (in Highland Park) and Cantigny Park (in Wheaton). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chicago vacation planning website.

Traveling by flight from Branson to Chicago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Milwaukee

— 5 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Visit Basilica of St. Josaphat and Holy Hill for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Wade House and Pabst Mansion. Venture out of the city with trips to Hawthorn Hollow - Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum (in Kenosha), Riveredge Nature Center (in Saukville) and Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve (in Grafton). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Horicon Marsh, examine the collection at Harley-Davidson Museum, take an in-depth tour of Wisconsin Auto Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Lapham Peak.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Milwaukee road trip planning website.

Getting from Chicago to Milwaukee by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chicago in June: high temperatures in Milwaukee hover around 76°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Madison.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Madison

— 2 nights

The City of Four Lakes

Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
On the 3rd (Fri), kick back and relax at Bartel's Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Aldo Leopold Nature Center, and then work some fitness into your day at University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): take a memorable excursion with International Crane Foundation, admire the majestic nature at Devil's Lake State Park, and then trek along Balanced Rock Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Madison trip app.

You can drive from Milwaukee to Madison in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Madison, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mason City.

Things to do in Madison

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Mason City

— 3 nights
Mason City is a city in and the county seat of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Let the collections at Floyd County Historical Society Museum and Charles H. MacNider Art Museum capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Stockman House Museum and Rock Crest - Rock Glen Historical District. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mason City: Spillville (Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church & Bily Clocks Museum) and LIttle Brown Church in the Vale (in Nashua). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Historic Park Inn Hotel and look for all kinds of wild species at Lime Creek Nature Center.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mason City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Madison to Mason City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Mason City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Minneapolis

— 5 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Baker Park Reserve and Chain of Lakes. Museum-lovers will appreciate Minneapolis Institute of Art and Wayzata Depot. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Minneapolis: Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center (in Hastings), Watt Munisotaram (in Hampton) and LARK Toys (in Kellogg). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake of the Isles, steep yourself in history at Historic Fort Snelling, get your game on at The Escape Game, and grab your bike and head to Mill Ruins Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Minneapolis online vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Mason City to Minneapolis takes 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Minneapolis are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Minnesota travel guide

4.4
Shopping Malls · Room Escape Games · Entertainment Centers
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.

Michigan travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.

Ohio travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Casinos · Water Parks
The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.

Indiana travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.

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.

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.

Wisconsin travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Zoos
The Badger State
Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" because of its status as the nation's most famous producer of milk and cheese. A growing favorite with foreign tourists, the state is a perfect holiday destination for nature lovers, offering year-round outdoor activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes and waterways alongside apple and cherry orchards, Wisconsin also offers numerous urban tourist attractions, its cities hosting renowned beer and art festivals each year.

Iowa travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."