9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Saint Louis
— 2 nights
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Indianapolis
— 1 night
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Cincinnati
— 1 night
Fly
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Virginia Beach
— 1 night
Fly
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Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
Fly
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Chicago
— 1 night
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Saint Louis

— 2 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.
On the 4th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Gateway Arch National Park. On the next day, ponder the world of politics at City Hall, examine the collection at National Blues Museum, get engrossed in the history at Campbell House Museum, then examine the collection at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of Saint Louis King Of France (The Old Cathedral ).

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Saint Louis travel planner.

Minneapolis to Saint Louis is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Minneapolis in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Saint Louis, with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Indianapolis.

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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
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Indianapolis

— 1 night

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 7th (Sat): examine the collection at Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, then examine the collection at Rhythm! Discovery Center, then trek along Indianapolis Cultural Trail, and finally learn about winemaking at Easley Winery.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Indianapolis online trip planner.

Getting from Saint Louis to Indianapolis by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Indianapolis. In August, daytime highs in Indianapolis are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, see the interesting displays at Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Taft Museum of Art, and finally stop by Mount Adams.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cincinnati trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Indianapolis to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Cincinnati, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can fly to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Virginia Beach

— 1 night

The Resort City

Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): examine the collection at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then contemplate the long history of Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. Association for Research and Enlightenment.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Virginia Beach road trip website.

Fly from Cincinnati to Virginia Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cincinnati in August since evenings lows in Virginia Beach dip to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors
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Pigeon Forge

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, stroll through Roaring Fork, then stroll through Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and finally do a tasting at Mill Bridge Winery. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Gatlinburg Trail, admire the sheer force of Cataract Falls, then examine the collection at Hollywood Star Cars Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Forge Distillery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Pigeon Forge trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Virginia Beach to Pigeon Forge in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In August in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Chicago

— 1 night

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): stroll around Millennium Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Chicago Photo Safaris, and finally explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago.

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Traveling by flight from Pigeon Forge to Chicago takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pigeon Forge to Chicago due to the time zone difference. In August in Chicago, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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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.

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.

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.

Virginia travel guide

4.6
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.

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.

Illinois travel guide

4.4
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.