60 days in United States Itinerary

60 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

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Custer
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Des Moines
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Omaha
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Kansas City
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Oklahoma City
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Tulsa
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Eureka Springs
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Branson
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Saint Louis
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Memphis
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Hot Springs
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Natchez
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Lafayette
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New Orleans
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San Antonio
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Austin
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Dallas
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Custer

— 3 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Take a break from the city and head to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Needles Eye Tunnel. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and The Museum @ Black Hills Institute. Change things up with these side-trips from Custer: Presidential Trail (in Keystone) and Elk Mountain Nature Trail (in Wind Cave National Park). And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Hills, and take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Custer travel itinerary planner.

Bismarck to Custer is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bismarck to Custer. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bismarck in July, with highs in Custer at 80°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Des Moines

— 3 nights
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Salisbury House and State Historical Museum. Des Moines Art Center and Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: snap pictures at High Trestle Trail, walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Blank Park Zoo.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Des Moines trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Custer to Des Moines by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Custer in July; daily highs in Des Moines reach 86°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Omaha.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Omaha

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
On the 9th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at The Durham Museum, admire the natural beauty at Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Henry Doorly Zoo, and finally gain insight at Kanesville Tabernacle. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Joslyn Art Museum, view the masterpieces at Curbside Clothing, stop by Old Market, then take in the views from Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Omaha day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Omaha takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kansas City

— 3 nights

City of Fountains

The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Museum-lovers will appreciate National WWI Museum and Memorial and Science City. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Museum of Illusions. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, find something for the whole family at LEGOLAND Discovery Center, see the sky in a new way at The Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station, and meet the residents at SEA LIFE Kansas City.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Kansas City journey builder app.

Getting from Omaha to Kansas City by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. July in Kansas City sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Oklahoma City

— 2 nights

The Big Friendly

Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Myriad Botanical Gardens, wander the streets of Bricktown, then get curious at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, and finally pause for some photo ops at Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Oklahoma City Museum of Art, then engage your brain at Science Museum Oklahoma, and then take in the views from Skydance Bridge.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Oklahoma City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kansas City to Oklahoma City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. July in Oklahoma City sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tulsa.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Tulsa

— 2 nights

Buckle of the Bible Belt

Sometimes known as the "Buckle of the Bible Belt," Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Gilcrease Museum, then grab your bike and head to Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area, then admire the masterpieces at Philbrook Museum of Art, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Holy Family Cathedral.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tulsa online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Oklahoma City to Tulsa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Tulsa, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Tulsa

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Eureka Springs

— 1 night

Little Switzerland of America

Nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, the whole town of Eureka Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Onyx Cave Park, view the masterpieces at The Birdcage, then stroll around Basin Spring Park, then go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel, then look for all kinds of wild species at Blue Spring Heritage Center, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally visit Eureka Springs Historical Downtown.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Eureka Springs trip builder site.

You can drive from Tulsa to Eureka Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Tulsa in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Eureka Springs, with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Branson.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, then see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum, then get your game on at Hollywood Wax Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Moonshine Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Branson road trip website.

You can drive from Eureka Springs to Branson in 1.5 hours. In July in Branson, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Branson

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Saint Louis

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden, examine the collection at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at World Bird Sanctuary, and finally identify plant and animal life at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, then explore the world behind art at Saint Louis Art Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, and finally walk around Tilles Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Saint Louis trip builder site.

You can drive from Branson to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Memphis

— 4 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Graceland and The Peabody Ducks. Step out of the city life by going to Hampson Archeological Museum State Park and Grenada Lake. Step out of Memphis with an excursion to Enid Lake in Enid--about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, get engrossed in the history at Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island, admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, and get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Memphis online visit planner.

Drive from Saint Louis to Memphis in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Saint Louis in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 74°F in Memphis. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hot Springs

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Bathhouse Row, steep yourself in history at Fordyce Bathhouse, stop by Bathhouse Soapery, then enjoy breathtaking views from Hot Springs Mountain Tower, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Garvan Woodland Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anthony Chapel, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To plan Hot Springs vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Memphis to Hot Springs by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Hot Springs are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Natchez.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Spas

Natchez

— 3 nights
Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. St. Mary Basilica and Texas Monument are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as The Myrtles Plantation and Melrose are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Natchez: West Feliciana Historical Society Museum (in Saint Francisville), Vicksburg Bridge (in Vicksburg) and Clark Creek Natural Area (in Woodville). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Longwood.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Natchez trip planning site.

Getting from Hot Springs to Natchez by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Lafayette.

Things to do in Natchez

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lafayette

— 2 nights
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. On the 31st (Fri), steep yourself in history at Acadian Village, appreciate the history behind Urns of Justice, then take an in-depth tour of Acadian Cultural Center, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vermilionville. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Acadian Memorial, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Martin Rookery, and finally stroll the grounds of Cathedral of St John the Evangelist.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lafayette trip planner.

Traveling by car from Natchez to Lafayette takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In July in Lafayette, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Lafayette

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 6 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.
Get some cultural insight at The National WWII Museum and St. Louis Cathedral. Get some historical perspective at Jackson Square and Garden District. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New Orleans: Crosby Arboretum (in Picayune), Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery (in Covington) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Slidell). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to French Quarter, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, get outside with Ultimate Swamp Adventures, and take in the history at Chalmette National Historical Park.

For photos and other tourist information, refer to the New Orleans trip app.

You can drive from Lafayette to New Orleans in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Lafayette in August, plan for slightly colder days in New Orleans, with highs around 82°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 82°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in New Orleans

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

San Antonio

— 6 nights

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.
The Alamo and The Guenther House Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get outdoors at Natural Bridge Caverns and Comal River. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Antonio: Fredericksburg (St. Mary's Catholic Church, National Museum of the Pacific War, &more) and New Braunfels (Barn Pottery & Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo). There's much more to do: take in the history at Mission San Jose, examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It or Not! San Antonio, find something for the whole family at SeaWorld, and get engrossed in the history at Institute of Texan Cultures.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Antonio online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to San Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from New Orleans in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Antonio: temperatures range from 98°F by day to 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Austin

— 3 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Texas State Capitol and The Driskill will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Bullock Texas State History Museum and Wild About Music. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool, take an in-depth tour of LBJ Presidential Library, take in nature's colorful creations at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Austin online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Austin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Austin, expect temperatures between 98°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dallas.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Museums · Trails · Historic Sites

Dallas

— 4 nights

Big D

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District. Appreciate the collections at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and Dallas Museum of Art. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Perot Museum of Nature and Science, admire the natural beauty at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, appreciate the history behind John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, and make a trip to Grassy Knoll.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dallas tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Austin to Dallas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in Dallas, expect temperatures between 96°F during the day and 78°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to El Paso.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

El Paso

— 3 nights
Let the collections at El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center and National Border Patrol Museum capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at El Paso Public Library and San Jacinto Plaza.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our El Paso trip planner.

You can fly from Dallas to El Paso in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dallas to El Paso. Traveling from Dallas in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in El Paso, with lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in El Paso

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Albuquerque

— 3 nights

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Step out of the city life by going to Bandelier National Monument and Balloon Rides. Get a sense of the local culture at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society and New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Next up on the itinerary: explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, examine the collection at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, engage your brain at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cibola National Forest.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque road trip planner.

Traveling by car from El Paso to Albuquerque takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August, Albuquerque is little chillier than El Paso - with highs of 88°F and lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Santa Fe

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take a stroll through Canyon Road, examine the collection at The Harrell House Bug Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, and finally stroll through Canyon Trail. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, view the masterpieces at Mama's Minerals, then steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Santa Fe route website.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Fe, with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Trails

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.

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."

Nebraska travel guide

4.6
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.

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.

Oklahoma travel guide

4
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.

Arkansas travel guide

4.5
State Parks · Art Museums · Historic Sites
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.

Louisiana travel guide

4.3
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.

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.

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.