18 days in United States Itinerary

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Cedar Rapids
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Des Moines
— 1 night
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Kansas City
— 2 nights
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Excelsior Springs
— 1 night
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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
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Oxford
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Jackson
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Montgomery
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Birmingham
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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. On the 9th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, contemplate the long history of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, tee off at Brown Deer Golf Club, then pause for some photo ops at Iowa Firefighters Memorial, and finally stroll around Terry Trueblood Recreational Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): examine the collection at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, make a trip to Brucemore, look for all kinds of wild species at Indian Creek Nature Center, then walk around Prarie Park Fishery, then take in nature's colorful creations at Good Quilts and Great Gardens, and finally don't miss a visit to Grant Wood Window in Veteran's Memorial Auditorium.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cedar Rapids itinerary maker tool.

Des Moines to Cedar Rapids is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in April, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Des Moines.
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Des Moines — 1 night

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. On the 11th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Terrace Hill, see the interesting displays at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Confluence Brewing Company, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Reclaimed Rails Brewing Company. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center, then take in the views from Winterset City Park, then take in the views from Hogback Covered Bridge, and finally snap pictures at Imes Covered Bridge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Des Moines trip planning app.

You can drive from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Des Moines are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kansas City.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kansas City Zoo, look for all kinds of wild species at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area, examine the collection at Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Cinder Block Brewery, and finally admire the local landmark of J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Kansas City, see the interesting displays at Airline History Museum, then get engrossed in the history at National WWI Museum and Memorial, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kansas City trip maker website.

You can drive from Des Moines to Kansas City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Kansas City are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Excelsior Springs.
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Excelsior Springs — 1 night

Excelsior Springs is a city in Clay and Ray counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Excelsior Springs trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Kansas City to Excelsior Springs in an hour. In April, daytime highs in Excelsior Springs are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hot Springs.
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Hot Springs — 2 nights

Valley of the Vapors

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): hike along Grand Promenade, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, view the masterpieces at Artists' Workshop Gallery, then admire the natural beauty at Garvan Woodland Gardens, then pause for some serene contemplation at Anthony Chapel, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Fordyce Bathhouse, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Bathhouse Row, then take in panoramic vistas at Hot Springs Mountain Tower, and finally stroll through Hot Springs Mountain.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hot Springs trip builder.

You can drive from Excelsior Springs to Hot Springs in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, Hot Springs is a bit warmer than Excelsior Springs - with highs of 73°F and lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Oxford.
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Oxford — 2 nights

Oxford is a city in, and the county seat of, Lafayette County, Mississippi, United States. On the 18th (Tue), contemplate the long history of College Hill Presbyterian Church, walk around Lamar Park, explore the world behind art at Southside Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Rowan Oak, then look for gifts at Square Books, and finally make a trip to Historic Downtown Square. On the next day, take a memorable drive along Natchez Trace Pkwy and then learn about all things military at Tupelo Veteran's Museum.

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Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Oxford takes 4.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jackson.
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Jackson — 2 nights

Jackson, officially the City of Jackson, is the capital city and largest urban center of the U.S. state of Mississippi. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of U.S.S. Cairo Museum, get engrossed in the history at Old Court House Museum, then take in the history at Vicksburg National Military Park, then admire all the interesting features of Vicksburg Campaign Trail, and finally make a trip to McRaven House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Original First Baptist Church, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Mississippi History, then stop by Lemuria Books, and finally contemplate the long history of Medgar Evers Home.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Jackson trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Oxford to Jackson in 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Jackson when traveling from Oxford in April, with lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Montgomery.
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Montgomery — 2 nights

Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. state of Alabama and is the county seat of Montgomery County. On the 22nd (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Rosa Parks Museum, pause for some photo ops at National Memorial for Peace and Justice, explore the world behind art at Legacy Museum, then appreciate the history behind Hank Williams Statue, and finally admire the local landmark of Court Square Fountain. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Equal Justice Initiative, then walk around Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park, then get a sense of history and politics at Alabama State Capitol, and finally make a trip to Jackson Lake Island.

To see photos and tourist information, go to the Montgomery driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Jackson to Montgomery takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in April, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Birmingham.
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Birmingham — 2 nights

Magic City

Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Keep things going the next day: walk around Linn Park, admire the natural beauty at Aldridge Gardens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Red Mountain Park, then take some stellar pictures from Vulcan Park and Museum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Avondale Brewing Company.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Birmingham trip builder.

You can drive from Montgomery to Birmingham in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in April, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
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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.
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