12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
— 1 day
Drive to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Portland
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
— 1 night
Drive to Montrose, Fly to San Francisco



— 1 day
Tracy is the second most populated city in San Joaquin County, California, United States. On the 11th (Tue), take the plunge with Skydive California and then explore the wide array of goods at Bass Pro Shop.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tracy online trip itinerary builder.

San Francisco to Tracy is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Tracy to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 93°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Tracy

Adventure · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip


— 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 12th (Wed), stop by Powell's City of Books, admire the natural beauty at Lan Su Chinese Garden, see the interesting displays at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, then get some thrills on the water with Willamette Jetboat Excursions, and finally admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Portland online visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tracy to Portland. When traveling from Tracy in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Portland: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Parks


— 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mercer Slough Nature Park, then take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then shop like a local with Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take a stroll through Pioneer Square. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, and then wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Seattle route planner.

Getting from Portland to Seattle by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Portland in August: highs in Seattle hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Glacier National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road, then admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall. On your second day here, trek along Avalanche Lake and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park journey builder tool.

You can fly from Seattle to Glacier National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Glacier National Park. Traveling from Seattle in August, Glacier National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Old Faithful and Aurum Geyser. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road, explore the activities along Firehole River, and take in the dramatic natural features at Blue Star Spring.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In August, Yellowstone National Park is a bit cooler than Glacier National Park - with highs of 70°F and lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to fly to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): whizz through the canopy at The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure, shop like a local with Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs day trip site.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 83°F and lows reach 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip


— 1 night

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 22nd (Sat), surround yourself with nature on Deep Desert Expeditions and then see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Moab road trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Colorado Springs to Moab takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in August, with highs in Moab at 92°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

United States travel guide

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.

Oregon travel guide

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.

Montana travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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

Hot Springs · River Rafting & Tubing · History Museums
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.

Colorado travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.

Utah travel guide

Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
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.