11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route planner

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Memphis
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Eureka Springs
— 2 nights
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Strong City
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Liberty
— 1 night
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Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint Louis
— 1 night
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Paducah
— 1 night
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 1 night
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Memphis
— 1 night
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Memphis

— 2 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.
To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Memphis trip planning website.

Jacksonville to Memphis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jacksonville to Memphis due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Jacksonville in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Memphis, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites

Eureka Springs

— 2 nights

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.
To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Eureka Springs day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Memphis to Eureka Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Memphis in May, with highs in Eureka Springs at 74°F and lows at 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Strong City.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Historic Sites · Parks

Strong City

Strong City is a city in Chase County, Kansas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Strong City tour planner.

Traveling by car from Eureka Springs to Strong City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May in Strong City, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Liberty.

Things to do in Strong City

Nature · Parks
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Liberty

— 1 night
Liberty is a city in Clay County, Missouri and is a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, located in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Liberty trip planner.

You can drive from Strong City to Liberty in 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Liberty are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Liberty

Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Hamilton

— 1 night
Hamilton is a city in Caldwell County, Missouri, United States. For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hamilton trip maker tool.

You can drive from Liberty to Hamilton in an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Hamilton

Shopping · Nature · Parks · Museums

Saint Louis

— 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Gateway Arch as well as Saint Louis Zoo. On the 20th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Saint Louis Zoo. On your second day here, take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch.

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Traveling by car from Hamilton to Saint Louis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May in Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Paducah.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Paducah

— 1 night
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): see human ingenuity at work at Kentucky Dam.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Paducah trip builder app.

Getting from Saint Louis to Paducah by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Paducah sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Paducah

Museums · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 1 night
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Diamond Caverns has been added to your itinerary.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Cave National Park sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Paducah to Mammoth Cave National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Mammoth Cave National Park sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Memphis.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Memphis

— 1 night

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Memphis trip planner.

You can drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Memphis in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll set off for home on the 24th (Mon).

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nightlife

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.