11 days in Continental USA Itinerary

11 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Omaha
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Des Moines
— 1 night
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Custer
— 1 night
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Medora
— 1 night
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Taxi to Glendive, Fly to Billings, Drive to Yellowstone National Park
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Boise
— 1 night
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Portland
— 1 night
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Seattle
— 1 night
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Glacier National Park
— 1 night
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Minneapolis
— 1 night
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Omaha

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Omaha itinerary planner.

Nashville to Omaha is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Omaha are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Des Moines.

Things to do in Omaha

Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Des Moines

— 1 night
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Downtown Farmers Market, then get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at High Trestle Trail.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Des Moines day trip planning site.

Drive from Omaha to Des Moines in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Des Moines are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Des Moines

Outdoors · Trails · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Custer

— 1 night
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 21st (Sun), explore and take pictures at Needles Highway, then cruise along Iron Mountain Road, and then appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Custer trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Des Moines to Custer takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Moines to Custer is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Des Moines in June; daily highs in Custer reach 73°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Medora.

Things to do in Custer

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Medora

— 1 night
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at South Unit.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Medora trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Custer to Medora in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Medora can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Medora

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
On the 23rd (Tue), take a memorable drive along Virginia Cascade Drive, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and then take some stellar pictures from Lookout Point. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, and finally take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park road trip tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Medora to Yellowstone National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Medora in June, things will get a bit cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 66°F and lows about 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Boise.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Boise

— 1 night

City of Trees

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): hike along Boise River Greenbelt, then get your game on at Boise Escape, and then test your problem-solving skills at Labyrinth Escape Games.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Boise trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Boise takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, expect nights in Boise to be much hotter, around 57°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 85°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Boise

Fun & Games · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Portland

— 1 night

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
On the 26th (Fri), walk around Laurelhurst Park, admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, then get your game on at Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden, and finally look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Portland trip maker.

Fly from Boise to Portland in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Boise in June: highs in Portland hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Fun & Games · Shopping

Seattle

— 1 night

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 27th (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium, get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Seattle trip site.

You can drive from Portland to Seattle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Glacier National Park

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): trek along Grinnell Glacier, explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road, and then take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Glacier National Park itinerary planner.

Getting from Seattle to Glacier National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Glacier National Park. Traveling from Seattle in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Glacier National Park, with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Outdoors · Nature · Trails · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get your game on at Game Show Battle Rooms, then explore the activities along Chain of Lakes, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Isles, and finally have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Minneapolis tour builder app.

Fly from Glacier National Park to Minneapolis in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Glacier National Park to Minneapolis is 1 hour. Traveling from Glacier National Park in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 61°F in Minneapolis. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Nature · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Nebraska travel guide

4.6
Aquariums · Shopping · History Museums
The Cornhusker State
Situated in the heartland of America, Nebraska is home to a large number of small rural communities and masses of farmland. The state's two main cities, Omaha and Lincoln, are abuzz with youthful energy and cultural delights. Your itinerary can include a trip to the cities' museums to learn about the state's past, or tours of the area's important pioneer and Native American sites. The state's central location means that it has been crossed by many trails, but it was the California Gold Rush of 1848-1855 that originally brought large numbers of non-indigenous people to the area. Scenic river valleys offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor vacation activities, while Nebraska's agricultural towns charm visitors with their all-American spirit.

Iowa travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
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."

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.

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.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.

Idaho travel guide

4.6
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Waterfalls
The Gem State
The mountainous state of Idaho houses some of the country's largest stretches of unspoiled nature. There are plenty of opportunities for adventurous holidays here, with rapids, canyons, snow-capped mountains, expansive lakes, and waterfalls higher than Niagara Falls. Those on vacation with access to a car can enjoy some of the most scenic drives in the nation while traversing Idaho's rugged landscape. Boise, the state's capital and most populous city, provides cultural attractions such as museums, galleries, and theater. The students of Boise State University contribute to the city's vibrant and growing nightlife scene.

Oregon travel guide

4.5
Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

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.

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.