60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary builder

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Orlando
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Asheville
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Louisville
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New York City
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
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Chicago
— 4 nights
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Branson
— 1 night
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Topeka
— 1 night
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
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Jackson Hole
— 1 night
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
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Seattle
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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San Antonio
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New Orleans
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Orlando

Theme Park Capital of the World

For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
On the 5th (Sat), discover the magic at Avatar Flight of Passage.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Orlando online journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Orlando. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in June, and nighttime lows around 73°F. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Asheville.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

Asheville

— 1 night

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): look for gifts at Colin's Creatures.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Asheville trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Orlando to Asheville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Orlando in June, with highs in Asheville at 83°F and lows at 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Louisville.

Things to do in Asheville

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 7th (Mon), explore the world behind art at 21c Museum Hotel, admire the majestic nature at Falls of the Ohio State Park, stroll the grounds of Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Farmington Historic Home, and finally try to win big at Churchill Downs.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Louisville tour planner.

Getting from Asheville to Louisville by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and subway. In June in Louisville, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to fly to New York City.

Things to do in Louisville

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

New York City

— 2 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Get some historical perspective at St. Patrick's Cathedral and Ellis Island. Visiting Speed Boats Tours and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, stop by Greenwich Village, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and wander the streets of Times Square.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our New York City trip website.

Traveling by flight from Louisville to New York City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Louisville, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

— 2 nights
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Bar Island Trails and Beech Mountain Trail. Get some historical perspective at Egg Rock Light and St. Saviour's Church :. When in Bar Harbor, make a side trip to see Perpendicular Trail in Southwest Harbor, approximately Southwest Harbor away. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Heart of Acadia Loop, trek along Flying Mountain Hiking Trail, and head outdoors with Dorr Mountain.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bar Harbor travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from New York City to Bar Harbor in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in June, with highs in Bar Harbor at 68°F and lows at 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chicago Riverwalk and Lakefront Trail. Get some cultural insight at The Art Institute of Chicago and Cantigny Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chicago: Riverwalk Lot (in Naperville), Baha'i House of Worship (in Wilmette) and Utica (Starved Rock State Park & Matthiessen State Park). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Chicago River, take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, and enjoy the sea views from South Haven Lighthouses.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago tour itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Bar Harbor to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bar Harbor to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bar Harbor in June: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 81°F and lows are around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Branson.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Branson

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): play a few rounds at Top of the Rock Golf Course, hike along Lost Canyon Nature Trail and Cave, immerse yourself in nature at Table Rock State Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonshine Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, head outdoors with Anglers Advantage, then see what you can catch with James River Outfitters, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Shrine of the Holy Spirit.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Branson sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Branson takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Topeka.

Things to do in Branson

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Topeka

— 1 night
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. state of Kansas and the seat of Shawnee County. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): stroll through Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Topeka journey builder app.

Traveling by car from Branson to Topeka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Topeka, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to fly to Denver.

Things to do in Topeka

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Denver

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cherry Creek Trail and Mount Falcon Castle Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art and Mother Cabrini Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Flagstaff Mountain (in Boulder), Cussler Museum (in Arvada) and Eldorado Canyon State Park (in Eldorado Springs). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, get engrossed in the history at Center for Colorado Women's History, get curious at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, and admire the majestic nature at Robert Clement Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Denver online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Topeka to Denver takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Topeka in June since evenings lows in Denver dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Salt Lake City

— 2 nights

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
On the 25th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Land Cruiser Heritage Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Assembly Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get some jogging in at City Creek Canyon, explore the stunning scenery at Little Cottonwood Canyon, then trek along Cecret Lake Trail, then admire the sheer force of Doughnut Falls, and finally hike along Lake Blanche Trail.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Salt Lake City day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Denver to Salt Lake City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Denver in June; daily highs in Salt Lake City reach 89°F and lows reach 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can fly to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Jackson Hole

— 1 night
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get outside with Bridger Gondola, view the masterpieces at Mangelsen Images of Nature, then make a trip to Antler Arches of Jackson, and finally explore and take pictures at Moose Wilson Road. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Hidden Falls, explore the striking landscape at Inspiration Point, explore the stunning scenery at Cascade Canyon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Transfiguration, and finally explore the activities along Snake River.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Jackson Hole trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Salt Lake City to Jackson Hole takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Salt Lake City in June: highs in Jackson Hole hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Glacier National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Josephine, explore the activities along Bullhead Lake, hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, then explore the activities along Iceberg Lake, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Swiftcurrent Falls, trek along Cracker Lake Hike, get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, then take in the dramatic scenery at Baring Falls, and finally cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park driving holiday website.

Traveling by flight from Jackson Hole to Glacier National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Glacier National Park when traveling from Jackson Hole in June, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Seattle

— 4 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Get outdoors at Snoqualmie Falls and Murhut Falls. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chihuly Garden and Glass and Pike Place Market. Venture out of the city with trips to Hurricane Ridge (in Olympic National Park) and Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge (in Sequim). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alki Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, and get in on the family fun at Seattle Great Wheel.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Seattle day trip website.

You can fly from Glacier National Park to Seattle in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Glacier National Park to Seattle. Traveling from Glacier National Park in July, expect nights in Seattle to be a bit warmer, around 60°F, while days are slightly colder, around 79°F. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trek along Lands End, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and finally identify plant and animal life at Marin Headlands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, see the interesting displays at Walt Disney Family Museum, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planning website.

You can fly from Seattle to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Seattle, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to San Antonio.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

San Antonio

— 1 night

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.
On the 9th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Joseph Catholic Church, admire the masterpieces at San Antonio Museum of Art, and then tee off at Topgolf San Antonio.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Antonio trip builder tool.

You can fly from San Francisco to San Antonio in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to San Antonio is 2 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in San Antonio hover around 98°F, while lows dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to New Orleans.

Things to do in San Antonio

Golf · Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

New Orleans

— 3 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. Louis Cathedral and Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and Whitney Plantation. When in New Orleans, make a side trip to see Evergreen Plantation in Edgard, approximately Edgard away. There's much more to do: get outside with Ultimate Swamp Adventures, pause for some serene contemplation at Old St. Patrick's Church, explore the different monuments and memorials at Lake Lawn Metairie, and examine the collection at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our New Orleans vacation planner.

You can fly from San Antonio to New Orleans in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Antonio, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Key West.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Key West

— 1 night

Conch Republic

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery, admire the natural beauty at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, see the interesting displays at Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, appreciate the history behind Key West AIDS Memorial, take in the pleasant sights at Key West Garden Club, then tour the pleasant surroundings at West Martello Tower, then enjoy the sea views from Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary Star of the Sea.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Key West route planning site.

You can fly from New Orleans to Key West in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Key West. When traveling from New Orleans in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Key West: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 81°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Orlando.

Things to do in Key West

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Orlando

— 18 nights

Theme Park Capital of the World

Visiting Wild Florida Airboats and Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Orlando: Lighthouse Point Park (in Ponce Inlet), Safari Wilderness (in Lakeland) and Stetson Mansion (in DeLand). See even more of Orlando: contemplate the long history of National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios, look for all kinds of wild species at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, get engrossed in the history at St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, and admire the striking features of Old Jail.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Orlando trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Key West to Orlando in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Key West in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 75°F in Orlando. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Florida travel guide

4.4
Disney Parks & Activities · Beaches · Theme Parks
The Sunshine State
The “Sunshine State,” Florida became a favorite winter destination for the affluent crowd over a century ago. Today, the state attracts visitors from around the world with its golden beaches and modern theme parks. You can spend your entire vacation enjoying the state's highly developed seaside areas, but remember that some of Florida's best-kept secrets are in secluded locations. Visit the big cities and their comfortable resorts offering top-notch dining and nightlife, but leave some time to see the peninsula's swampy landscape, filled with wild creatures and native plants. Farther away from the tourist-packed urban areas, the untamed wetlands of Florida offer a selection of things to do, such as kayaking, boat rides, and numerous other outdoor activities.

North Carolina travel guide

4.4
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.

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.

New York State travel guide

4.5
Observation Decks · Scenic Walking Areas · Monuments
The Empire State
Home to the country's most populous city, the state of New York is a major gateway for immigration into the United States, but also one of the nation's prime holiday destinations. Take a trip down the state's numerous wilderness trails and scenic roads to visit quaint small towns, sandy beaches, historical estates, and artist colonies. Though the majority of visitors head for the big-city restaurants, theaters, and museums, you can venture deeper into the rugged and remote mountain areas to discover a world of picturesque forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York also boasts the nation's largest forest preserve, encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of the state.

Maine travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Lighthouses · Mountains
The Pine Tree State
The easternmost state in New England, Maine features an indented coastline and forested interior, carved eons ago by receding glaciers. Maine includes more lighthouses and quaint resort villages than you could ever hope to explore in a single trip, but the state is also one of the country's most sparsely populated, the majority of its land pristine and uninhabited wilderness. The temperate coastal regions, historically supported by fishing and lobstering, contain most of the state's urban centers and are the most popular spots in the state for holidays. The sea is the focus here, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that water plays an important role in the distinct character of the state, shaping its economy, tourism, cuisine, politics, sports, and art.

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.

Kansas travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Zoos · Entertainment Centers
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.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
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.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.

Montana travel guide

4.8
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
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.

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Museums · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.

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.

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.

Louisiana travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.