28 days in United States Itinerary

28 days in United States Itinerary

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Detroit
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Cleveland
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Indianapolis
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Chicago
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Wisconsin Dells
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Duluth
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Des Moines
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Saint Louis
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Oklahoma City
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Hot Springs
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Detroit — 1 night

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
On the 3rd (Sat), see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, then steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, and finally take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Detroit online travel route planner.

Toronto, Canada to Detroit is an approximately 4-hour combination of ferry, flight, and bus. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Cleveland.
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Cleveland — 1 night

Forest City

A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): examine the collection at International Women's Air & Space Museum, see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, then meet the residents at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Heinen's Downtown.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cleveland trip planning app.

Getting from Detroit to Cleveland by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August in Cleveland, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Indianapolis.
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Indianapolis — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): make a trip to USS Indianapolis Memorial, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then get to know the resident critters at Indianapolis Zoo, and finally don't miss a visit to Central Canal.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Indianapolis trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Cleveland to Indianapolis takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Indianapolis, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to fly to Chicago.
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Chicago — 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, walk around Millennium Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo, and admire the landmark architecture of 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

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

Traveling by flight from Indianapolis to Chicago takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago. In August in Chicago, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Milwaukee.
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Milwaukee — 1 night

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): examine the collection at Harley-Davidson Museum, stop by Indulgence Chocolatiers, then get to know the resident critters at Milwaukee County Zoo, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lakefront Brewery.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Milwaukee trip app.

You can drive from Chicago to Milwaukee in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Wisconsin Dells.
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Wisconsin Dells — 1 night

Waterpark Capital of the World

Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): make a splash at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then make a splash at Noah's Ark Water Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Carr Valley Cheese.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Wisconsin Dells tour planning app.

Getting from Milwaukee to Wisconsin Dells by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Milwaukee in August since evenings lows in Wisconsin Dells dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Duluth.
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Duluth — 1 day

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 12th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Art in the Alley, take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, then snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, and finally stroll around Canal Park.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Duluth tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Wisconsin Dells to Duluth takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Wisconsin Dells in August, you will find days in Duluth are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can fly to Minneapolis.
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Minneapolis — 2 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.
On the 13th (Tue), have fun at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America, then admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Mill Ruins Park. Keep things going the next day: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take in nature's colorful creations at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and then explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis vacation builder website.

You can fly from Duluth to Minneapolis in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Duluth in August, expect nights in Minneapolis to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Des Moines.
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Des Moines — 1 day

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. On the 15th (Thu), meet the residents at Blank Park Zoo, cool off at Adventureland, then ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, and finally stroll through Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Des Moines trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Des Moines takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Des Moines sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Saint Louis.
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Saint Louis — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, then admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden, then appreciate the history behind The Gateway Arch, and finally sample the fine beverages at StilL 630 Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Herbaria, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Saint Louis Zoo, then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and finally walk around Forest Park.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Saint Louis trip itinerary maker website.

Fly from Des Moines to Saint Louis in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Wichita.
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Wichita — 1 day

Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): don't miss a visit to The Keeper of the Plains, meet the residents at Sedgwick County Zoo, then admire the natural beauty at Botanica: The Wichita Gardens, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Coleman Museum and Factory Outlet.

Plan trip to Wichita with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Saint Louis to Wichita takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Wichita can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Oklahoma City.
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Oklahoma City — 1 night

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 19th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, then wander the streets of Bricktown, then admire the masterpieces at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and finally browse for treasures at Apple Tree Antique Gallery.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Oklahoma City attractions planner.

You can drive from Wichita to Oklahoma City in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. August in Oklahoma City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly to Hot Springs.
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Hot Springs — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Bathhouse Row, then steep yourself in history at Fordyce Bathhouse, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hot Springs travel route planning website.

Traveling by flight from Oklahoma City to Hot Springs takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Natchez.
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Natchez — 1 day

Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary Basilica, contemplate the long history of Stanton Hall, and then steep yourself in history at Longwood.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Natchez journey maker.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Natchez in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Natchez can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to New Orleans.
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New Orleans — 3 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, take a stroll through Garden District, and stroll the grounds of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the New Orleans online trip maker.

Getting from Natchez to New Orleans by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train. When traveling from Natchez in August, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can fly to Austin.
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Austin — 1 night

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, don't miss a visit to Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Watching, then trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Barton Springs Pool. On your second day here, gain insight at University of Texas at Austin, take an in-depth tour of LBJ Presidential Library, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then wander the streets of Sixth Street Historic District, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Austin road trip tool.

Fly from New Orleans to Austin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from New Orleans, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Austin, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to San Antonio.
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San Antonio — 2 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral and then get in on the family fun at SeaWorld. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, then get engrossed in the history at The Alamo, and then shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read San Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in San Antonio, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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United States travel guide

4.5
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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Ohio travel guide

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The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.
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Indiana travel guide

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The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.
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Illinois travel guide

4.3
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.
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Wisconsin travel guide

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The Badger State
Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" because of its status as the nation's most famous producer of milk and cheese. A growing favorite with foreign tourists, the state is a perfect holiday destination for nature lovers, offering year-round outdoor activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes and waterways alongside apple and cherry orchards, Wisconsin also offers numerous urban tourist attractions, its cities hosting renowned beer and art festivals each year.
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Minnesota travel guide

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The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.
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Iowa travel guide

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The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."
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Missouri travel guide

4.5
Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.
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Kansas travel guide

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The Sunflower State
Generally considered the geographical center of the country, Kansas is a state rich in history, having served as home to diverse Native American tribes for thousands of years before European settlement. Once called "Bleeding Kansas" because of violent clashes between abolitionists and pro-slavery settlers, Kansas now carries the nickname the "Sunflower State," earned because of its massive production of sunflowers, corn, wheat, and sorghum. In addition to agriculture, the state is also known as an aviation hub. Sightseeing is easy, as wide-open spaces dominate the landscape of the western two-thirds of the state, which includes some of the only remaining native tallgrass prairie in the nation. Eastern Kansas contains rolling hills and most of the major cities, which draw tourism with their lively art, nightlife, and music scenes.
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Oklahoma travel guide

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Casinos · Monuments · Art Museums
The Sooner State
Boasting a rich Native American heritage and named after the Choctaw word for "Red People," Oklahoma remains home to about 40 native tribes who speak 25 distinct languages. Though the state remains one of the country's top producers of agricultural products, most of its inhabitants live within two metropolitan areas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The state is home to the 500-million-year-old Wichita Mountains, noted for being the site of the oldest national wildlife refuge in the United States. Explore the state's pristine natural areas while on vacation here, but be sure to leave plenty of time to tour its characteristic small towns, known for their food, music, and cultural festivals.
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Arkansas travel guide

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State Parks · Art Museums · Historic Sites
The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene.
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Mississippi travel guide

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The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.
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Louisiana travel guide

4.3
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.
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Texas travel guide

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The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.
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