30 days in United States Itinerary

30 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Louisville
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Saint Louis
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Kansas City
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Sioux Falls
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Badlands National Park
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Rapid City
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Idaho Falls
— 1 day
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
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Mojave
— 3 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
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Moffat
— 1 night
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Cañon City
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Lincoln
— 1 night
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Chicago
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Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 23rd (Fri), examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Louisville driving holiday planner.

Ashburn to Louisville is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In July in Louisville, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums

Saint Louis

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 list of things to see and do now includes Laumeier Sculpture Park, Missouri Botanical Garden, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden, then walk around Laumeier Sculpture Park, and finally engage your brain at Saint Louis Science Center.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis trip planner.

You can drive from Louisville to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Louisville to Saint Louis is minus 1 hour. In July in Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Kansas City.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Kansas City

— 1 night

City of Fountains

The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kansas City trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Saint Louis to Kansas City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kansas City can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. On the 25th (Sun), you're off to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Parks · Nightlife · Fun & Games

Sioux Falls

— 1 night
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Your day by day itinerary now includes St. Joseph Cathedral, SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument and Falls Park. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): hike along SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, then meet the residents at Butterfly House & Aquarium, then walk around Sertoma Park, and finally walk around Falls Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Sioux Falls road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kansas City to Sioux Falls takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kansas City in July, things will get slightly colder in Sioux Falls: highs are around 83°F and lows about 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Badlands National Park

— 1 day
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Sioux Falls, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your 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.
To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rapid City day trip site.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Rapid City by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in July, you will find days in Rapid City are little chillier (85°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). On the 27th (Tue), you'll travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Mount Washburn and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park visit planner.

You can fly from Rapid City to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Rapid City in July, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are a bit cooler (73°F), and nights are cooler (39°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Idaho Falls.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Idaho Falls

— 1 day
Idaho Falls is a city in and the county seat of Bonneville County, Idaho, United States, and is the largest city in Eastern Idaho. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Museum of Idaho, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Idaho Falls Zoo, and then make a trip to Snake River Greenbelt.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Idaho Falls attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Idaho Falls takes 4 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, expect Idaho Falls to be a bit warmer, temps between 88°F and 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Idaho Falls

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums

Salt Lake City

— 1 night

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salt Lake Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Idaho Falls to Salt Lake City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Idaho Falls in July, with highs in Salt Lake City at 95°F and lows at 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to fly to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Parks

South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Nevada State Museum, stroll through Sand Harbor, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Eagle Falls Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe tour planner.

Getting from Salt Lake City to South Lake Tahoe by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salt Lake City to South Lake Tahoe, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Salt Lake City in July, expect nights in South Lake Tahoe to be cooler, around 46°F, while days are slightly colder, around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Transportation

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): trek along Mariposa Grove, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and finally explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, stop by SoMa, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Big Sur

— 2 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 9th (Mon), snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Partington Cove, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally hike along Ewoldsen Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Big Sur trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Mojave.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Mojave

— 3 nights
Bring the kids along to Mojave National Preserve and Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas. Get out of town with these interesting Mojave side-trips: Seven Magic Mountains (in Jean) and Baker (Alien Fresh Jerky & World's Tallest Thermometer).

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mojave online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Mojave in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Big Sur in August, plan for much warmer days in Mojave, with highs around 97°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mojave

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mojave to Grand Canyon National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mojave to Grand Canyon National Park. While traveling from Mojave, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 50°F. On the 15th (Sun), you're off to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails
On the 15th (Sun), admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail and then explore the activities along Little Medano Creek.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip app.

Explore your travel options from Grand Canyon National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August since evenings lows in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Moffat.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your trip

Moffat

— 1 night
The Town of Moffat is a Statutory Town in Saguache County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Joyful Journey Hot Springs.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Moffat road trip app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Moffat. While traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Moffat, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Cañon City.

Things to do in Moffat

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Cañon City

— 1 night

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cañon City trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Moffat to Cañon City takes 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Moffat in August, with highs in Cañon City at 89°F and lows at 61°F. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Cañon City

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs journey tool.

Traveling by car from Cañon City to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cañon City in August: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 83°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Lincoln.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks
Highlights from your trip

Lincoln

— 1 night
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lincoln trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Lincoln takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lincoln, with lows of 64°F. You'll set off for Chicago on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Lincoln

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · 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 19th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Reliance Building and then make a trip to Millennium Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Chicago day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lincoln to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Chicago sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.