39 days in United States Itinerary

39 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Louisville
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Cave City
— 3 nights
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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Memphis
— 3 nights
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Little Rock
— 2 nights
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Fort Smith
— 1 night
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Oklahoma City
— 2 nights
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Elk City
— 1 night
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Amarillo
— 3 nights
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Santa Rosa
— 1 night
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
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Gallup
— 2 nights
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Petrified Forest National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi to Greasewood - NHA Housing #1, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
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Congress
— 1 night
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Quartzsite
— 2 nights
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Palm Springs
— 2 nights
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Louisville

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Colgate Clock.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Louisville road trip website.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Louisville. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 50°F. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sun) before leaving for Cave City.
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Cave City

— 3 nights
Originally intended as a resort city to serve the Mammoth Cave attraction, Cave City has taken on a life of its own.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and Mill Springs Mill. Take a break from the city and head to Mammoth Cave and Nolin Lake State Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cave City itinerary planner.

You can drive from Louisville to Cave City in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Cave City. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Cave City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nashville

— 3 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Downtown Nashville as well as Natchez Trace Parkway. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Radnor Lake State Park and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Get some cultural insight at Cooter’s Museum and Store Nashville and The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Cave City to Nashville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Nashville sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Memphis

— 3 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music and National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, and steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Memphis tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Memphis are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Little Rock.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites

Little Rock

— 2 nights

The Rock

Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): view the masterpieces at The Galleries at Library Square, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Arkansas River Trail, and then see the interesting displays at Esse Purse Museum & Store.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Little Rock day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Little Rock takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Fort Smith.

Things to do in Little Rock

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Fort Smith

— 1 night
Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Van Buren River Valley Museum Association, then get engrossed in the history at The Clayton House, and then explore the world behind art at Fort Smith Regional Art Museum.

Discover how to plan a Fort Smith trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Little Rock to Fort Smith in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Fort Smith can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Fort Smith

Museums

Side Trip

Oklahoma City

— 2 nights

The Big Friendly

Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
On the 22nd (Fri), examine the collection at Oklahoma Firefighters Museum, make a trip to OK County 66 - John's Place, and then examine the collection at Oklahoma County Auto Trim and Mini Museum. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Henry Overholser Mansion, then see the interesting displays at 99s Museum of Women Pilots, and then experience rural life at Orr Family Farm.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Oklahoma City road trip tool.

Getting from Fort Smith to Oklahoma City by car takes about 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Oklahoma City are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. You'll set off for Elk City on the 24th (Sun).

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Elk City

— 1 night
Elk City is a city in Beckham County, Oklahoma, United States. On the 24th (Sun), examine the collection at Old Town Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Elk City trip website.

Traveling by car from Oklahoma City to Elk City takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Amarillo.

Things to do in Elk City

Museums
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Amarillo

— 3 nights

Yellow Rose of Texas

Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
Get in touch with nature at Palo Duro Canyon State Park and Wildcat Bluff Nature Center. Explore hidden gems such as Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum and Second Amendment Cowboy. Go for a jaunt from Amarillo to Canyon to see Old West Stables about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Amarillo Museum of Art, stop by Cavender's Boot City, and don't miss a visit to Huge Pair of Legs.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Amarillo road trip planning app.

You can drive from Elk City to Amarillo in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Elk City in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Amarillo, with lows of 47°F. On the 28th (Thu), you'll travel to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Amarillo

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Santa Rosa

— 1 night
Santa Rosa is a city in and the county seat of Guadalupe County, New Mexico, United States. On the 28th (Thu), examine the collection at Route 66 Auto Museum.

Start your trip to Santa Rosa by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Amarillo to Santa Rosa in 3 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amarillo to Santa Rosa due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Amarillo in October; daily highs in Santa Rosa reach 68°F and lows reach 39°F. You'll set off for Santa Fe on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Museums
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Santa Fe

— 4 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Take a break from the city and head to Jemez Mountains and Randall Davey Audubon Center. Nedra Matteucci Galleries and Palace of the Governors are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Santa Fe with a short trip to Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument in Los Alamos, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel Chapel, browse for treasures at Traveler's Market, view the masterpieces at Canyon Road Contemporary Art, and see the interesting displays at The Harrell House Bug Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Rosa to Santa Fe in 2 hours. In October in Santa Fe, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gallup.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Gallup

— 2 nights
Gallup is a city in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of 21,678 as of the 2010 census. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): examine the collection at Rex Museum and then browse for treasures at Bill Malone Trading Company. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Gallup Cultural Center and then take an in-depth tour of St. Michaels Historical Museum and Mission.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Gallup attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Gallup takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Santa Fe in November since evenings lows in Gallup dip to 24°F. On the 4th (Thu), you'll travel to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Gallup

Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Petrified Forest National Park

— 3 nights
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
Escape the urban bustle at Blue Mesa and Crystal Forest Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Devil's Playground and Long Logs Loop. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Rainbow Forest Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Petrified Forest National Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from Gallup to Petrified Forest National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in November, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Grand Canyon National Park

— 5 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Visiting Grand Canyon South Rim and Pima Point will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lipan Point and The Abyss. The adventure continues: cruise along East Rim Drive, get great views at Lookout Studio, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, and go for a walk through Pipe Creek Vista.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park tour itinerary builder tool.

Take a bus from Petrified Forest National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in November, and nighttime lows around 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Congress.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Congress

— 1 night
Congress is a census-designated place (CDP) in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Granite 19 Hotshots Memorial and then stroll the grounds of Old Congress Pioneer Cemetary.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Congress itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Congress in 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in November, with highs in Congress at 63°F and lows at 33°F. You'll set off for Quartzsite on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in Congress

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Quartzsite

— 2 nights
Quartzsite is a town in La Paz County, Arizona, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. On the next day, make a trip to Hi Jolly's Tomb, then look for gifts at T-Rocks, and then see the interesting displays at Quartzsite Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Quartzsite trip planner.

You can drive from Congress to Quartzsite in 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Congress to Quartzsite. Traveling from Congress in November, expect Quartzsite to be a bit warmer, temps between 77°F and 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Quartzsite

Wildlife · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Palm Springs

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway and then hike along Murray Canyon Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): hike along Palm Canyon Trail, then hike along Bump and Grind Trail, and then appreciate the history behind Desert Holocaust Memorial.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Palm Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Quartzsite to Palm Springs in 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.