11 days in Continental USA Itinerary

11 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Salt Lake City
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Boise
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Portland
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Seattle
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Glacier National Park
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
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Rapid City
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Salt Lake City

— 1 night

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at City Creek Canyon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square, then contemplate the long history of Assembly Hall, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Blanche Trail.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Salt Lake City vacation planning app.

Albuquerque to Salt Lake City is an approximately 12-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Boise.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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 8th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Hulls Gulch Nature Trail, stroll through Ridge to River Trail System, and then hike along Boise River Greenbelt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Cathedral and then stop by Hyde Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Boise trip planner.

You can drive from Salt Lake City to Boise in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salt Lake City in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 57°F in Boise. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Boise

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

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 10th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Oregon Historical Society, look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, then go for a walk through Wintler Community Park, then get to know the resident critters at Oregon Zoo, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Portland trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Boise to Portland takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Boise to Portland, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Boise in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Portland: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

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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 11th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Bruce Lee Grave Site, don't miss a visit to Space Needle, then get a taste of the local shopping with Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally shop like a local with Pike Place Market.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Seattle road trip planner.

Drive from Portland to Seattle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. In June in Seattle, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 57°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

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.
On the 13th (Sat), explore the activities along McDonald Creek and then take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Glacier National Park travel planner.

You can drive from Seattle to Glacier National Park in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Seattle to Glacier National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Glacier National Park, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Yellowstone National Park

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Osprey Falls Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Butte Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Golden Gate Canyon, then trek along Observation Point Trail, and finally hike along Inspiration Point.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Glacier National Park in June: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 66°F and lows are around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Rapid City

— 1 night

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center, have some family-friendly fun at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, then examine the collection at Museum of Geology, then head outdoors with Main Street Square, and finally do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Rapid City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, expect nights in Rapid City to be much hotter, around 57°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Fun & Games · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

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.

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.

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.