11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

Make it your trip
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Gardiner
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Portland
— 3 nights
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Seattle
— 3 nights
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Gardiner

— 1 night
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Gardiner trip planner.

Houston to Gardiner is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Houston in September: high temperatures in Gardiner hover around 64°F and lows are around 32°F. On the 11th (Fri), you'll travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Canyon Village Area, Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Fall, and other attractions. Explore hidden gems such as Midway Geyser Basin and Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mystic Falls Trail, take in breathtaking views at S Rim Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Biscuit Basin.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park day trip planning tool.

Drive from Gardiner to Yellowstone National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Yellowstone National Park are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Portland

— 3 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pittock Mansion and Oregon Historical Society. Venture out of the city with trips to Swan Island Dahlias (in Canby) and Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tour (in North Plains). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden, snap pictures at Tilikum Crossing, take in the spiritual surroundings of Portland Oregon Temple & Visitors' Center, and walk around Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Portland visit planner.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Portland in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Portland, with highs around 76°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Seattle

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sky View Observatory and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bruce Lee Grave Site, wander the streets of Pike Place Market, and take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Seattle journey planner.

You can drive from Portland to Seattle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.