36 days in Continental USA Itinerary

36 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

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Oklahoma City
— 1 night
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Branson
— 3 nights
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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
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Jackson
— 2 nights
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New Orleans
— 4 nights
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Nashville
— 1 night
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Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
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Louisville
— 1 night
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Cincinnati
— 1 night
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Indianapolis
— 2 nights
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Detroit
— 1 night
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Cleveland
— 1 night
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Chicago
— 4 nights
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Wisconsin Dells
— 1 night
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Minneapolis
— 2 nights
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Des Moines
— 1 night
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Saint Louis
— 3 nights
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Topeka
— 1 night
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Drive to Kansas City International Airport, Fly to Albuquerque International Sunport, Drive to Nageezi
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Nageezi
— 1 night
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get curious at Science Museum Oklahoma and then get to know the resident critters at Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, engage your brain at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Drift Therapeutic Spa.

To find out how to plan a trip to Oklahoma City, use our trip itinerary maker.

Salt Lake City to Oklahoma City is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salt Lake City to Oklahoma City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Salt Lake City in May; daily highs in Oklahoma City reach 79°F and lows reach 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Branson.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums · Childrens Museums · Spas · Zoos & Aquariums

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Branson

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Table Rock Lake and Silver Dollar City will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Branson side-trips: Ozark Moonshine Run (in Harrison) and Cotter Trout Dock Guided Trout Fishing Tours (in Cotter). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Runaway Mountain Coaster, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and stroll through College of the Ozarks.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Branson online tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Oklahoma City to Branson by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Ouachita, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Anthony Chapel. Keep things going the next day: hike along Grand Promenade and then get outside with Cedar Glades.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hot Springs online tour planner.

Drive from Branson to Hot Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Jackson.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites
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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. On the 3rd (Fri), view the masterpieces at Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, get engrossed in the history at Eudora Welty House and Garden, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Mississippi Children's Museum. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Trustmark Park and then stroll through Ridgeland Bike Trail.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Jackson trip planning website.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Jackson in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. June in Jackson sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to New Orleans.

Things to do in Jackson

Museums · Outdoors · Trails · Shopping

Side Trips

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New Orleans

— 4 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.
Attractions like The National WWII Museum and French Quarter make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, explore the world behind art at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at New Orleans Museum of Art.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our New Orleans online vacation planner.

You can drive from Jackson to New Orleans in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. When traveling from Jackson in June, plan for slightly colder days in New Orleans, with highs around 83°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to fly to Nashville.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
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Nashville

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, and then see a show at Grand Ole Opry.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Nashville trip builder.

You can fly from New Orleans to Nashville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New Orleans in June, expect little chillier with lows of 67°F in Nashville. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Neighborhoods · Nightlife
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Pigeon Forge

— 3 nights

Center of Fun in the Smokies

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Dollywood will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Pigeon Forge: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking & Newfound Gap Road). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, stroll through Roaring Fork, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge road trip app.

You can drive from Nashville to Pigeon Forge in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. Traveling from Nashville to Pigeon Forge, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

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Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and then explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern.

To find maps and more tourist information, refer to the Louisville online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Pigeon Forge to Louisville takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. In June, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Parks · Nature
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Cincinnati

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and then stroll the grounds of Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cincinnati online road trip planner.

Drive from Louisville to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Louisville in June, Cincinnati is little chillier at night with lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Indianapolis

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at The Miller House and Garden and then have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and then bet on your favorite at Indy Racing Experience.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Indianapolis trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Cincinnati to Indianapolis in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Indianapolis are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Detroit.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): browse the exhibits of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and then examine the collection at Greenfield Village.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Detroit day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Indianapolis to Detroit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Cleveland.

Things to do in Detroit

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and then admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cleveland journey maker.

Traveling by flight from Detroit to Cleveland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Cleveland are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Chicago.

Things to do in Cleveland

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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.
Kids will enjoy The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo, admire the striking features of Reliance Building, stroll around Millennium Park, and get in on the family fun at Fox in a Box Chicago.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago tour app.

You can fly from Cleveland to Chicago in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cleveland to Chicago is minus 1 hour. In June in Chicago, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): learn about all things military at Portage WWII History Museum and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Wisconsin Dells trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Chicago to Wisconsin Dells by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Chicago in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Wisconsin Dells, with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

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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 24th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art and then get a dose of the wild on Stone Arch Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Bde Maka Ska, then explore the activities along Chain of Lakes, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Isles.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Minneapolis online tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Wisconsin Dells to Minneapolis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Des Moines.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours
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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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): hike along Brown's Woods and then admire all the interesting features of High Trestle Trail Bridge.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Des Moines trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Des Moines takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Des Moines, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Des Moines

Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and Forest Park. There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Saint Louis Zoo, pause for some photo ops at The Gateway Arch, trek along Grant's Trail, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Des Moines to Saint Louis takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Topeka.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails
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Topeka

— 1 night
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. state of Kansas and the seat of Shawnee County. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Cedar Crest and then examine the collection at Evel Knievel Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Topeka trip planner.

You can fly from Saint Louis to Topeka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in June, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Nageezi.

Things to do in Topeka

Historic Sites · Museums
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Nageezi

— 1 night
Nageezi is a census-designated place in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. On the 1st (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

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Explore your travel options from Topeka to Nageezi with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Topeka in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Nageezi, with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nageezi

Parks · Nature
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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.

Missouri travel guide

4.6
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.

Arkansas travel guide

4.5
State Parks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious 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.

Mississippi travel guide

3.4
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.

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.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.

Kentucky travel guide

4.6
Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.

Ohio travel guide

4.2
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.

Indiana travel guide

4.1
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.

Michigan travel guide

4.7
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.

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.

Wisconsin travel guide

4.2
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.

Minnesota travel guide

4.4
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.

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."

Kansas travel guide

4.3
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.