9 days in Continental USA Itinerary

9 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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New Era
— 1 day
— 4 nights
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Santa Claus
— 1 night


New Era

— 1 day
New Era is a village in Shelby Township, Oceana County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): experience rural life at Country Dairy, then ride a horse along Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables, and then relax in the rural setting at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read New Era holiday builder website.

Beckley to New Era is an approximately 9.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. July in New Era sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New Era

Trails · Tours · Outdoors · Parks


— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, get in on the family fun at Fox in a Box Chicago, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago route planner.

Traveling by car from New Era to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from New Era in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Chicago, with lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
On the 29th (Thu), relax in the rural setting at Grant’s Farm, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Saint Louis Zoo, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Saint Louis Science Center, then have fun and explore at The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum, and then walk around Tilles Park.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis online holiday builder.

You can drive from Chicago to Saint Louis in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. While traveling from Chicago, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Saint Louis, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Claus.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Santa Claus

— 1 night
Santa Claus is a town in Spencer County, Indiana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): get in on the family fun at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Santa Claus day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Santa Claus takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Santa Claus due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Saint Louis in July, expect nights in Santa Claus to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 84°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Claus

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

Michigan travel guide

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

Illinois travel guide

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

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.

Indiana travel guide

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