11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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Columbia
— 1 night
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Bus to Greenville, Taxi to Greenville/Spartanburg, Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Kalamazoo
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Saugatuck
— 2 nights
Fly
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Santa Claus
— 1 night
Drive
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Louisville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
Fly

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Columbia

— 1 night

Capital of Southern Hospitality

A compact capital with stately southern history, Columbia serves as a symbol of the south.
On the 11th (Sun), make a trip to Cocky Statue, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Lion Landing, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Escapology Columbia (Vista).

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Columbia trip site.

Charlotte to Columbia is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Columbia are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Columbia

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 13th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally surround yourself with nature on Great Turtle Kayak Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock and then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island trip planner.

Getting from Columbia to Mackinac Island by combination of bus, taxi, flight, and ferry takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Columbia in July: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Saugatuck.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Tours · Historic Sites

Saugatuck

— 2 nights
Saugatuck is a city in Allegan County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): zoom along the surf with Saugatuck HydroBikes, stroll through Oval Beach, and then head off-road at Saugatuck Dune Rides. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Beach County Park, walk around Whirlpool Compass Fountain, and then find something for the whole family at Silver Beach Carousel.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Saugatuck trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to Saugatuck takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Mackinac Island in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Saugatuck: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Santa Claus.

Things to do in Saugatuck

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Claus

— 1 night
Santa Claus is a town in Spencer County, Indiana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): make a splash at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Claus online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Saugatuck to Santa Claus takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Saugatuck in July since evenings lows in Santa Claus dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Santa Claus

Theme Parks
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Louisville

— 2 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Louisville Zoo, explore the fascinating underground world of Marengo Cave, and then get interesting insight from Squire Boone Caverns Zipline Adventures.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Louisville trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Claus to Louisville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Louisville are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 2 nights
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
On the 20th (Tue), get to know the resident critters at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, hike along Fat Man's Misery, then hike along Tall Man's Misery, and then Head underground at Mammoth Cave.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mammoth Cave National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In July in Mammoth Cave National Park, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Trails

Side Trip

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.

Michigan travel guide

4.7
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.

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.