60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Richmond
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Orlando
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Key West
— 7 nights
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Savannah
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Charleston
— 4 nights
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Asheville
— 4 nights
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Pigeon Forge
— 4 nights
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Louisville
— 4 nights
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Saint Louis
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Topeka
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Oklahoma City
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Austin
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San Antonio
— 5 nights
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Hot Springs
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Natchez
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New Orleans
— 5 nights
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Montgomery
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Richmond

— 2 nights

The River City

The capital city of Virginia, Richmond has diverse architecture, a large collection of monuments, and world-class museums that reveal the city's important role in American history.
Venture out of the city with trips to National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle), Keystone Tractor Works (in Colonial Heights) and Skin+Touch Therapy (in Fredericksburg). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, stroll through The Noland Trail, and take an in-depth tour of Agecroft Hall & Gardens.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Richmond day trip website.

Atlanta to Richmond is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Atlanta in January: high temperatures in Richmond hover around 47°F and lows are around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Richmond

Museums · Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Orlando

— 6 nights

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.
Have a day of magic on the 26th (Tue) at Walt Disney World Resort. Have a day of magic on the 31st (Sun) at Magic Kingdom Park. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Orlando Resort, take in nature's colorful creations at Harry P. Leu Gardens, explore the activities along Lake Virginia, and admire the masterpieces at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Orlando tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Richmond to Orlando by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, Orlando is much warmer than Richmond - with highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Key West

— 7 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Key West: Big Pine Key (National Key Deer Refuge & Bahia Honda State Park). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, don't miss a visit to Southernmost Point, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stroll around Mallory Square.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Key West online tour planner.

Getting from Orlando to Key West by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Key West when traveling from Orlando in January, with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Savannah.

Things to do in Key West

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Savannah

— 4 nights

The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Venture out of the city with trips to Beaufort (Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Pat Conroy Literary Center, &more) and Hilton Head (St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church, Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, &more). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Savannah Historic District, indulge in some personalized pampering at Christina's Healing Hands Massage Therapy, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, and learn about all things military at Webb Military Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Savannah trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Key West to Savannah in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Key West in February, expect nights in Savannah to be colder, around 45°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Charleston

— 4 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Change things up with a short trip to The Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Aiken-Rhett House, explore the galleries of Nathaniel Russell House, learn about winemaking at Mira Winery Napa Valley Education Center & Tasting Room, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Charleston trip planning tool.

Drive from Savannah to Charleston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Charleston can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Asheville

— 4 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asheville: Tennessee Hills Distillery (in Jonesborough), Greenville (Falls Park on the Reedy, Dark Corner Distillery, &more) and The Birthplace of Country Music Museum (in Bristol). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Highland Brewing Company, and learn the secrets of beer at BREW-ed.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Asheville day trip website.

Traveling by car from Charleston to Asheville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In February, Asheville is little chillier than Charleston - with highs of 53°F and lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge

— 4 nights

Center of Fun in the Smokies

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Change things up with a short trip to Max Patch in Hot Springs (about 1 hour away). There's much more to do: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, get in on the family fun at Rocky Top Mountain Coaster, learn about winemaking at Mill Bridge Winery, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Pigeon Forge day trip planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Pigeon Forge in 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Trails · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Louisville

— 4 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Louisville: Frankfort (Castle & Key Distillery & Salato Wildlife Education Center), Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum (in Elizabethtown) and Bardstown (Barton 1792 Distillery & Willett Distilling Company). The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at James E. Pepper Distillery, sample the tasty concoctions at West Sixth Brewing, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Louisville trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Pigeon Forge to Louisville takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. Traveling from Pigeon Forge in February, expect Louisville to be a bit cooler, temps between 47°F and 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint Louis

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): make a trip to Old Courthouse, admire the masterpieces at Saint Louis Art Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

Plan trip to Saint Louis with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Louisville to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Louisville to Saint Louis is minus 1 hour. February in Saint Louis sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 26°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Topeka.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Historic Sites · Museums

Topeka

— 2 nights
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. On the 1st (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Richard Allen Cultural Center, then learn about winemaking at Holy-Field Vineyard & Winery, and then examine the collection at Booth Family Hall of Athletics. Keep things going the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Norsemen Brewing Company and then learn about winemaking at Prairie Fire Winery.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Topeka vacation builder website.

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Topeka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. February in Topeka sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 23°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Topeka

Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

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.
On the 3rd (Wed), get a new perspective on nature at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, admire the natural beauty at Myriad Botanical Gardens, then appreciate the history behind Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, and finally wander the streets of Bricktown. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, then do a tasting at Canadian River Winery, and then stay fit while traveling at Drift Therapeutic Spa.

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Drive from Topeka to Oklahoma City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Topeka in March, with highs in Oklahoma City at 65°F and lows at 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Austin.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums · Spas · Neighborhoods · Wineries

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.
Austin is known for museums, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool, admire the natural beauty at Zilker Metropolitan Park, and get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Austin travel route planning site.

Fly from Oklahoma City to Austin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, Austin is somewhat warmer than Oklahoma City - with highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

San Antonio

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fredericksburg (National Museum of the Pacific War, Grape Creek Vineyards on Main, &more). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, admire the masterpieces at McNay Art Museum, gain some tasty knowledge on Cottonwood Wine Tours, and contemplate the long history of The Alamo.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Antonio travel planner.

You can drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

Hot Springs

— 1 night

Valley of the Vapors

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hot Springs online route planner.

Getting from San Antonio to Hot Springs by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Antonio in March, things will get slightly colder in Hot Springs: highs are around 64°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Natchez.

Things to do in Hot Springs

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Natchez

— 2 nights
Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Natchez National Historical Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary Basilica, get engrossed in the history at Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture, then contemplate the long history of Choctaw Hall, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Natchez City Cemetery.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Natchez trip planner.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Natchez in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March in Natchez, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to New Orleans.

Things to do in Natchez

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

New Orleans

— 5 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.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, walk around New Orleans City Park, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, and get to know the fascinating history of Garden District.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the New Orleans journey site.

Traveling by car from Natchez to New Orleans takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. When traveling from Natchez in March, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 61°F by day to 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Montgomery.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Montgomery

— 1 night
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Legacy Museum, then appreciate the history behind National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and then admire the masterpieces at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Montgomery trip planner.

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Montgomery takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from New Orleans in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Montgomery: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Atlanta.

Things to do in Montgomery

Museums · Historic Sites

Atlanta

— 2 nights

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Georgia Aquarium. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at High Museum of Art, admire the masterpieces at National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and then examine the collection at World of Coca-Cola.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Atlanta tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Montgomery to Atlanta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. March in Atlanta sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Atlanta

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Tours

Virginia travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Specialty Museums
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.

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.

Georgia travel guide

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

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.

North Carolina travel guide

4.4
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.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.

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.

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.

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.

Arkansas travel guide

4.4
State Parks · Historic Sites · Art Museums
The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene.

Mississippi travel guide

3.5
Casinos · Historic Sites · History Museums
The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.

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.

Alabama travel guide

4.4
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Military Museums · Specialty Museums
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.