49 days in United States Itinerary

49 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Atlanta
— 3 nights
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Knoxville
— 1 night
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Cincinnati
— 2 nights
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Columbus
— 2 nights
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Indianapolis
— 6 nights
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Chicago
— 3 nights
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Milwaukee
— 2 nights
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Madison
— 2 nights
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Munising
— 2 nights
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Minneapolis
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Saint Paul
— 3 nights
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Minneapolis
— 3 nights
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Duluth
— 2 nights
Fly to Bismarck, Drive to Medora
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Medora
— 2 nights
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Omaha
— 2 nights
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Des Moines
— 2 nights
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Kansas City
— 2 nights
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Topeka
— 1 night
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Saint Louis
— 2 nights
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Springfield
— 2 nights
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Atlanta

— 3 nights

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
You'll explore and learn at World of Coca-Cola and National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Centennial Olympic Park and High Museum of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain (about 36 minutes away).

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Atlanta tour itinerary maker app.

Fort Myers to Atlanta is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. In July, daytime highs in Atlanta are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. You'll set off for Knoxville on the 4th (Mon).

Things to do in Atlanta

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Knoxville

— 1 night

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Ijams Nature Center and then get a taste of the local shopping with Smoky Mountain Knife Works.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Knoxville trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Fly from Atlanta to Knoxville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Knoxville, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Cincinnati

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, then identify plant and animal life at Cincinnati Nature Center, and then stroll through Great Miami River Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): get curious at Creation Museum, then stroll the grounds of Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, and then see the interesting displays at Lucky Cat Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cincinnati trip planner.

Traveling by car from Knoxville to Cincinnati takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Cincinnati when traveling from Knoxville in July, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Columbus.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Columbus

— 2 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.
On the 8th (Fri), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rock Bridge, and then sample some tasty brews at Pedal Wagon Columbus. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and then examine the collection at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Columbus trip planner.

You can drive from Cincinnati to Columbus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Columbus can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Indianapolis

— 6 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Miller House and Garden and Crown Hill Cemetery. Museum-lovers will get to explore Indianapolis Museum of Art and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint John Evangelist Catholic Church, don't miss a visit to USS Indianapolis Memorial, have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and steep yourself in history at Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Indianapolis sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Columbus to Indianapolis takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Indianapolis are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. On the 15th (Fri), you'll travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Chicago

— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You've now added Shedd Aquarium to your itinerary. There's more to do: learn more about the world around you at Field Museum and tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Park.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago day trip website.

Getting from Indianapolis to Chicago by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Chicago are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. You will leave for Milwaukee on the 18th (Mon).

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Milwaukee

— 2 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Milwaukee Art Museum and then get to know the fascinating history of Riverwalk.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Milwaukee trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Chicago to Milwaukee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July in Milwaukee, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Madison.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Museums · Historic Sites

Madison

— 2 nights

The City of Four Lakes

Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Olbrich Botanical Gardens and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lakeshore Nature Preserve at University of Wisconsin.

You can plan Madison trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Milwaukee to Madison in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Madison are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Munising.

Things to do in Madison

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Munising

— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, then take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Munising road trip planner.

Getting from Madison to Munising by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Madison to Munising. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Madison in July; daily highs in Munising reach 74°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Paul.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Saint Paul

— 3 nights

Twin Cities

The capital of Minnesota, Saint Paul represents half of the "Twin Cities" and embraces the outdoors and urban culture.
James J. Hill House and LARK Toys are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Cathedral of Saint Paul and Minnesota State Capitol will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Saint Paul side-trips: National Eagle Center (in Wabasha) and Sargent's Nursery (in Red Wing). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Minnesota History Center, look for gifts at Candyland, and get to know the resident critters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Munising to Saint Paul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Munising to Saint Paul, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Munising in July; daily highs in Saint Paul reach 82°F and lows reach 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Saint Paul

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Minneapolis

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica of St. Mary and Minneapolis Institute of Art. You'll explore and learn at Wayzata Depot and Mill City Museum. Explore Minneapolis' surroundings by going to Baker Park Reserve (in Maple Plain) and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (in Savage). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Stone Arch Bridge, take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, grab your bike and head to Mill Ruins Park, and find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis travel site.

Minneapolis is just a stone's throw from Saint Paul. In July in Minneapolis, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Duluth

— 2 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk, steep yourself in history at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, and then take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Art in the Alley, explore the striking landscape of Congdon Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Park Point, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Western Waterfront Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Duluth online tour planner.

You can drive from Minneapolis to Duluth in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or fly. In July, Duluth is little chillier than Minneapolis - with highs of 75°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Medora.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Medora

— 2 nights
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, contemplate the long history of Von Hoffman House, then stroll through Little Missouri National Grassland, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Painted Canyon Overlook. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at South Unit.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Medora route builder app.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Duluth to Medora takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Duluth to Medora due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Duluth in August: highs in Medora hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Medora

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Rapid City

— 2 nights

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 4th (Thu), take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and finally explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, get engrossed in the history at Pawnseum, and then wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rapid City vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Medora to Rapid City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Medora in August since evenings lows in Rapid City dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Omaha.

Things to do in Rapid City

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Omaha

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at The Durham Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Henry Doorly Zoo, then identify plant and animal life at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanesville Tabernacle. On the next day, shop like a local with Old Market, steep yourself in history at Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, then steep yourself in history at General Crook House Museum, and finally stroll around Hitchcock Nature Center.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Omaha trip maker app.

Fly from Rapid City to Omaha in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rapid City to Omaha is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Des Moines.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Des Moines

— 2 nights
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Get a sense of the local culture at John Wayne Birthplace & Museum and Des Moines Art Center. Take a break from the city and head to High Trestle Trail and Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center. Take a break from Des Moines with a short trip to Courthouse Square in Winterset, about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Blank Park Zoo, and stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Des Moines driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Omaha to Des Moines takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Des Moines sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kansas City

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at National WWI Museum and Memorial, then contemplate the long history of Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate, then identify plant and animal life at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Stone Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Arabia Steamboat Museum, have fun and explore at Kaleidoscope, explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Illusions, and finally steep yourself in history at Union Station.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kansas City trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Kansas City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Kansas City can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Topeka.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Topeka

— 1 night
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. state of Kansas and the seat of Shawnee County. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): stroll through Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Topeka journey planning site.

Traveling by car from Kansas City to Topeka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Topeka

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Saint Louis

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): see the interesting displays at City Museum, examine the collection at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, then identify plant and animal life at World Bird Sanctuary, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and then identify plant and animal life at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Topeka to Saint Louis takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Saint Louis can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Springfield

— 2 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Illinois State Museum, take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, then contemplate the long history of Old State Capitol, and finally walk around Union Square Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Springfield tour builder website.

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Springfield takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

United States travel guide

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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.