12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip builder

Make it your trip
Fly
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Saint Louis
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Branson
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Altoona
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Cedar Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive

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Saint Louis

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like The Gateway Arch and Elephant Rocks State Park will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Saint Louis Zoo, make a trip to Old Courthouse, take an in-depth tour of Campbell House Museum, and walk around Forest Park.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis online attractions planner.

Chicago to Saint Louis is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect nights in Saint Louis to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

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Branson

— 4 nights

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Silver Dollar City and Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. Step out of Branson to go to Cotter and see Cotter Trout Dock Guided Trout Fishing Tours, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Titanic Museum, make a splash at White Water, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, and get in on the family fun at Runaway Mountain Coaster.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Branson trip builder app.

You can drive from Saint Louis to Branson in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Altoona.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

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Altoona

— 2 nights
Altoona is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States and is a part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Center Grove Orchard and then cool off at Adventureland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Big Creek State Park and then admire all the interesting features of High Trestle Trail Bridge.

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Drive from Branson to Altoona in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Altoona when traveling from Branson in July, with lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in Altoona

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Trails

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Cedar Rapids

— 2 nights
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at NewBo City Market, then admire the majestic nature at Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence), and then explore the activities along Manchester Whitewater Park. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Cedar Rapids Kernels, then stop by A J's Copper Garden, and then stroll through Clear Creek Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cedar Rapids online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Altoona to Cedar Rapids in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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United States travel guide

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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.