29 days in Continental USA Itinerary

29 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner

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Des Moines
— 2 nights
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Omaha
— 3 nights
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Lincoln
— 2 nights
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Topeka
— 3 nights
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Wichita
— 3 nights
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Fort Wayne
— 1 night
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Indianapolis
— 3 nights
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Cincinnati
— 3 nights
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Columbus
— 3 nights
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Cleveland
— 5 nights
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Des Moines

— 2 nights
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Appreciate the collections at John Wayne Birthplace & Museum and Salisbury House. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House and Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit. Take a break from Des Moines with a short trip to Scholte House Museum in Pella, about 52 minutes away.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Des Moines online trip builder.

Stockholm, Sweden to Des Moines is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Stockholm in June, expect Des Moines to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Omaha.

Things to do in Des Moines

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Omaha

— 3 nights

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
General Crook House Museum and Historic General Dodge House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Omaha to go to Missouri Valley and see Desoto National Wildlife Refuge, which is approximately 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Cecilia's Cathedral, walk around Hitchcock Nature Center, and try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Omaha trip builder website.

Getting from Des Moines to Omaha by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lincoln.

Things to do in Omaha

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Lincoln

— 2 nights
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. On the 7th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary Catholic Church and then see the interesting displays at Museum of American Speed. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Pioneer Park Nature Center and then contemplate the long history of Homestead National Historical Park.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lincoln trip planner.

Traveling by car from Omaha to Lincoln takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. June in Lincoln sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Topeka.

Things to do in Lincoln

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Topeka

— 3 nights
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. state of Kansas and the seat of Shawnee County. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Evel Knievel Museum and First Presbyterian Church Topeka. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Seelye Mansion and Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad. Change things up with these side-trips from Topeka: Atchison (Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum & Muchnic Art Gallery). Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Cedar Crest.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Topeka online attractions planner.

You can drive from Lincoln to Topeka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In June in Topeka, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Wichita.

Things to do in Topeka

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Wichita

— 3 nights
Old Cowtown Museum and Chase County Courthouse will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church and Bethany Lutheran Church. Go for a jaunt from Wichita to Canton to see Maxwell Wildlife Refuge about 1h 10 min away.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Wichita travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Topeka to Wichita takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Fort Wayne.

Things to do in Wichita

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Fort Wayne

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum and then browse the exhibits of Cathedral Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort Wayne driving holiday planner.

Getting from Wichita to Fort Wayne by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Wichita to Fort Wayne is 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Wichita in June, with highs in Fort Wayne at 32°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Fort Wayne

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Indianapolis

— 3 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Indianapolis Museum of Art and North Christian Church. Museum-lovers will get to explore Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to The Miller House and Garden (in Columbus), Hopwood Cellars Winery (in Zionsville) and Conner Prairie (in Fishers).

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Indianapolis tour builder.

Drive from Fort Wayne to Indianapolis in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Indianapolis, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Cincinnati

— 3 nights

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum and Carillon Historical Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption and Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cincinnati: Dayton (National Museum of the US Air Force & Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum) and Cincinnati Nature Center (in Milford).

To find ratings and tourist information, read our Cincinnati route planner.

Drive from Indianapolis to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Columbus.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Columbus

— 3 nights

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and German Village. Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation and John and Annie Glenn Historic Site will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Columbus with an excursion to Zipline in Rockbridge--about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Columbus Scuba.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Columbus trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Cincinnati to Columbus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cleveland.

Things to do in Columbus

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cleveland

— 5 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and The Cleveland Museum of Art. West Side Market and Heinen's Downtown will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Cleveland: Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve (in Huron), Oak Harbor (Sea Breeze Charters & Magee Marsh Wildlife Area) and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens (in Akron).

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Cleveland vacation app.

Drive from Columbus to Cleveland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Columbus, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cleveland, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cleveland

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Iowa travel guide

4.1
Casinos · History Museums · Historic Sites
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 · History Museums
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.

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.

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.