11 days in Continental USA Itinerary

11 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Detroit
— 1 day
Drive
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Traverse City
— 1 night
Fly
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Duluth
— 1 night
Drive
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Minneapolis
— 1 night
Fly to Bismarck, Drive to Medora
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Medora
— 1 night
Fly
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Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Milwaukee
— 1 night
Fly

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Detroit

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts and then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Detroit driving holiday planning website.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Detroit. In August, daily temperatures in Detroit can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums

Side Trip

Traverse City

— 1 night

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
On the 29th (Sat), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Traverse City day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Detroit to Traverse City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

Duluth

— 1 night

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
On the 30th (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Amnicon Falls State Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk, then explore the striking landscape of Congdon Park, and finally admire all the interesting features of Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Duluth online travel route planner.

Getting from Traverse City to Duluth by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Traverse City to Duluth is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Traverse City in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Duluth: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Duluth

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Minneapolis

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take a memorable drive along Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, contemplate the waterfront views at Chain of Lakes, then explore the activities along Lake of the Isles, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Silverwood Park.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Minneapolis trip app.

Traveling by car from Duluth to Minneapolis takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Duluth in August: highs in Minneapolis hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Medora.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Medora

— 1 night
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of South Unit.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Medora online journey planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Minneapolis to Medora in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Minneapolis in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 50°F in Medora. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Medora

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): walk around Waterfall Garden Park, admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then make a trip to Space Needle, then take a stroll through Pike Place Market, and finally get in on the family fun at Seattle Great Wheel. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seattle Aquarium, and then explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Seattle trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Medora to Seattle takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Medora to Seattle, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Seattle when traveling from Medora in September, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Glacier National Park

— 3 nights

Crown of the Continent

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
On the 4th (Fri), hike the day away at Highline Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek.

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Fly from Seattle to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Seattle to Glacier National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Glacier National Park, with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Milwaukee

— 1 night

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
On the 7th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Atwater Park & Beach, then examine the collection at Harley-Davidson Museum, and then look for gifts at Wisconsin State Fair Park.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Milwaukee day trip planner.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Milwaukee by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Glacier National Park to Milwaukee, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Glacier National Park in September since evenings lows in Milwaukee dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Outdoors · Beaches · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Michigan travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
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.

Minnesota travel guide

4.4
Shopping Malls · Room Escape Games · Entertainment Centers
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.

North Dakota travel guide

4.6
National Parks · History Museums · Historic Sites
Geographic Center of the North American Continent
A primarily rural state, North Dakota is the ancient home of the Lakota tribe. Norwegian settlers once made up the European population, and one of the state's major attractions is the Norsk Høstfest, the largest Norwegian festival in the United States. The vast plains and never-ending sky inspire the many orchestras that call the state home. The spirituality of the music is second only to the spirituality of the people, as the state has the nation's highest percentage of churchgoing residents. The state's open fields are conducive to fishing, hunting, and winter activities.

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Museums · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.

Montana travel guide

4.8
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.

Wisconsin travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Zoos
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.