8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  3​h 45​min
1
Kansas City
— Few hours
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Indianapolis
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Louisville
— 1 night
4
Nashville
— 1 night
5
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Milwaukee
— 1 night
7
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

few
hours
Kansas City

Kansas City
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.
For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kansas City day trip site .

Minneapolis to Kansas City is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in July; daily highs in Kansas City reach 89°F and lows reach 72°F. You'll set off for Indianapolis on the 6th (Fri).

Things to do in Kansas City

Parks Museums Nightlife

1
night
Indianapolis

Indianapolis ©
Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at White River State Park and then meet the residents at Indianapolis Zoo.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Indianapolis trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Kansas City to Indianapolis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kansas City to Indianapolis, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kansas City in July; daily highs in Indianapolis reach 83°F and lows reach 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Indianapolis Zoo ©
Indianapolis Zoo
White River State Park ©
White River State Park

1
night
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): examine the collection at 21c Museum Hotel, see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Louisville trip planner .

Getting from Indianapolis to Louisville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Louisville are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
21c Museum Hotel ©
21c Museum Hotel

1
night
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the galleries of Lotz House Museum, see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip planner .

You can drive from Louisville to Nashville in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe ©
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe

2
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, meet the residents at Saint Louis Zoo, and then make a trip to The Gateway Arch.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis vacation builder site .

You can fly from Nashville to Saint Louis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Saint Louis are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch

1
night
Milwaukee

Milwaukee ©
Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Milwaukee Public Market and then kick back and relax at Bradford Beach.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Milwaukee trip planner .

Fly from Saint Louis to Milwaukee in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Saint Louis, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Milwaukee, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Chicago.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bradford Beach ©
Bradford Beach
Milwaukee Public Market ©
Milwaukee Public Market

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, then don't miss a visit to Millennium Park, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Marquette Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park Zoo, and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Magnificent Mile.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Chicago trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Milwaukee to Chicago in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile

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