11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Des Moines
— 1 day
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Indianapolis
— 1 night
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Louisville
— 1 night
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Roanoke
— 1 night
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Chicago
— 2 nights
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Rapid City
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Des Moines

— 1 day
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 21st (Mon), contemplate the long history of Valley Junction and then steep yourself in history at Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Des Moines trip planner.

Denver to Des Moines is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Denver in September since evenings lows in Des Moines dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Des Moines

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Indianapolis

— 1 night

Circle City

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 22nd (Tue): examine the collection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, admire the natural beauty at Indianapolis Museum of Art, and then test your team's savvy at The Escape Room Fishers.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Indianapolis holiday planning site.

Traveling by flight from Des Moines to Indianapolis takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Des Moines to Indianapolis. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of The Filson Historical Society, try to win big at Churchill Downs, and then explore the galleries of Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Louisville route planner.

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Louisville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Louisville are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Roanoke.

Things to do in Louisville

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos

Roanoke

— 1 night
Roanoke is an independent city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): examine the collection at Virginia Museum of Transportation, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church, then take in the exciting artwork at The Little Gallery, then stop by Chocolatepaper, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Episcopal Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Roanoke trip planner.

Fly from Louisville to Roanoke in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Roanoke are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Roanoke

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 25th (Fri), learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fourth Presbyterian Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Park, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, look for gifts at Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, then contemplate the long history of Pleasant Home, then enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and finally contemplate the long history of Marquette Building.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Chicago sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Roanoke to Chicago by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Roanoke to Chicago is minus 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Chicago are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Rapid City

— 1 night

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 27th (Sun), take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel in the Hills, and then learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rapid City trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Chicago to Rapid City in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago to Rapid City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in September, expect little chillier with lows of 53°F in Rapid City. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Wineries

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort Yellowstone Historic District and Beaver Ponds Loop Trail. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, and get great views at Lookout Point.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Getting from Rapid City to Yellowstone National Park by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rapid City in September: highs in Yellowstone National Park hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.

Indiana travel guide

4.1
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.

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.

Illinois travel guide

4.4
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.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.