12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner

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Minneapolis
— 2 nights
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Des Moines
— 1 night
Drive
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Omaha
— 1 night
Drive
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Overland Park
— 1 night
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Saint Louis
— 1 night
Drive
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Louisville
— 1 night
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Cleveland
— 1 night
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Rockbridge
— 2 nights
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Dayton
— 1 night
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Minneapolis

— 2 nights

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America, then admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, and then grab your bike and head to Mill Ruins Park.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis online route planner.

Durham to Minneapolis is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Durham in November, things will get little chillier in Minneapolis: highs are around 43°F and lows about 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Des Moines

— 1 night
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 22nd (Sun), test your team's savvy at Breakout, then stroll around Gray's Lake Park, and then walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Des Moines trip site.

You can fly from Minneapolis to Des Moines in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis in November, you will find days in Des Moines are a bit warmer (51°F), and nights are about the same (32°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Omaha.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Omaha

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
On the 23rd (Mon), get a taste of the local shopping with Old Market, admire the natural beauty at Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Henry Doorly Zoo, and finally look for gifts at Old Market Candy Shop.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Omaha trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Omaha takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Overland Park.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Shopping · Nightlife · Neighborhoods

Overland Park

— 1 night
Overland Park is the second most populous city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Cabela's, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, then admire the natural beauty at Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and finally pause for some photo ops at Korean War Veterans Memorial.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Overland Park itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Omaha to Overland Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Overland Park

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Saint Louis

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 25th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Charles Historic District.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Saint Louis tour app.

You can drive from Overland Park to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Saint Louis can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 26th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, then stop by Art Eatables, and then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Louisville trip planner.

You can drive from Saint Louis to Louisville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Saint Louis to Louisville is 1 hour. In November in Louisville, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cleveland.

Things to do in Louisville

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Cleveland

— 1 night

Forest City

A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cleveland trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Louisville to Cleveland by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Louisville in November, you will find days in Cleveland are a bit cooler (52°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rockbridge.

Things to do in Cleveland

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Rockbridge

— 2 nights
Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Ash Cave.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rockbridge trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Cleveland to Rockbridge takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Cleveland in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rockbridge, with lows of 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dayton.

Things to do in Rockbridge

Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Dayton

— 1 night

Gem City

Home of airplane pioneers the Wright brothers, Dayton prides itself on its inventors, including Charles F.
On the 30th (Mon), get curious at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, see the interesting displays at National Museum of the US Air Force, then buy something for everyone on your list at Dayton Mall, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Breakout Games - Dayton.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Dayton tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rockbridge to Dayton in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in November, and nighttime lows around 34°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Dayton

Museums · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping

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.

Iowa travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."

Nebraska travel guide

4.6
Aquariums · Shopping · History Museums
The Cornhusker State
Situated in the heartland of America, Nebraska is home to a large number of small rural communities and masses of farmland. The state's two main cities, Omaha and Lincoln, are abuzz with youthful energy and cultural delights. Your itinerary can include a trip to the cities' museums to learn about the state's past, or tours of the area's important pioneer and Native American sites. The state's central location means that it has been crossed by many trails, but it was the California Gold Rush of 1848-1855 that originally brought large numbers of non-indigenous people to the area. Scenic river valleys offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor vacation activities, while Nebraska's agricultural towns charm visitors with their all-American spirit.

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.

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.

Ohio travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Casinos · Water Parks
The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.