12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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Omaha
— 1 night
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Fort Collins
— 1 night
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Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Minneapolis
— 1 night
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Omaha

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Omaha road trip planning app.

Indianapolis to Omaha is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Omaha is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. You will leave for Fort Collins on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping

Fort Collins

— 1 night
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
On the 4th (Wed), sample the tasty concoctions at Odell Brewing Company.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Collins vacation planner.

You can fly from Omaha to Fort Collins in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Omaha to Fort Collins, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Fort Collins when traveling from Omaha in August, with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Breweries & Distilleries
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Jackson Hole

— 2 nights
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Town Square and then head outdoors with Teton Backcountry Rentals. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Jackson Hole using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Fort Collins to Jackson Hole takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Fort Collins in August, things will get slightly colder in Jackson Hole: highs are around 78°F and lows about 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

West Yellowstone

— 4 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Get out of town with these interesting West Yellowstone side-trips: Yellowstone National Park (Beehive Geyser, Old Faithful, &more). The adventure continues: stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip itinerary app.

Drive from Jackson Hole to West Yellowstone in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Jackson Hole in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in West Yellowstone, with lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Rapid City

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): stop by Downtown Rapid City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Suzie Cappa Art Center, get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, and then stroll through Bear Country USA.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rapid City trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from West Yellowstone to Rapid City in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in August: highs in Rapid City hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Museums

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.
For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Minneapolis journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Minneapolis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. August in Minneapolis sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 64°F at night. On the 14th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nightlife · Outdoors · Fun & Games

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.