14 days in Continental USA Itinerary

14 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Keystone
— 1 night
Drive
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Chicago
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Sandusky
— 1 night
Drive
5
Rockbridge
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Claus
— 1 night
Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Fly

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Keystone

— 1 night

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): browse for treasures at The Farmer's Daughter and then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and then take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Keystone holiday maker site.

Salt Lake City to Keystone is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Salt Lake City in July: high temperatures in Keystone hover around 80°F and lows are around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 2 nights
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, cruise along Loop Road, explore the striking landscape of White River Valley Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panorama Point Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Conata Basin Overlook, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Yellow Mounds Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Badlands National Park road trip app.

Traveling by car from Keystone to Badlands National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Keystone in July, expect Badlands National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 91°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Chicago

— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Bring the kids along to The Art Institute of Chicago and Lincoln Park Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, take a memorable tour with Tours, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, and walk around Millennium Park.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Chicago trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Badlands National Park to Chicago takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Chicago, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Badlands National Park in July, you will find days in Chicago are little chillier (83°F), and nights are a bit warmer (67°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sandusky.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Sandusky

— 1 night
Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Osborn Recreation Area, then make a splash at Cedar Point, and then contemplate the long history of Eleutheros Cooke House and Garden.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sandusky visit planner.

You can drive from Chicago to Sandusky in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Sandusky is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rockbridge.

Things to do in Sandusky

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Rockbridge

— 1 night
Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, don't miss a visit to Rockhouse, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rockbridge online day trip planner.

You can drive from Sandusky to Rockbridge in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Rockbridge are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Claus.

Things to do in Rockbridge

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Santa Claus

— 1 night
Santa Claus is a town in Spencer County, Indiana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. On the 31st (Fri), make a splash at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santa Claus online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Rockbridge to Santa Claus in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Santa Claus sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Moab.

Things to do in Santa Claus

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 1st (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Arches National Park. Keep things going the next day: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then see Off-Road Tours.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Moab trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Santa Claus to Moab in 9.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Santa Claus to Moab is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Santa Claus, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Moab, ranging from highs of 97°F to lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

Zion National Park

— 2 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
On the 3rd (Mon), explore the striking landscape of The Narrows. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Zion National Park trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Moab to Zion National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Moab in August, expect little chillier with lows of 54°F in Zion National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Illinois travel guide

4.4
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.

Ohio travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Casinos · Water Parks
The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.

Indiana travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.

Utah travel guide

4.7
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.