14 days in Continental USA Itinerary

14 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Des Moines
— 1 day
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Dubuque
— 1 night
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Wisconsin Dells
— 3 nights
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Milwaukee
— 1 night
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
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Duluth
— 2 nights
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Minneapolis
— 1 night
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Rapid City
— 3 nights
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Des Moines

— 1 day
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): snap pictures at High Trestle Trail and then get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Des Moines travel route planner.

Salt Lake City to Des Moines is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Salt Lake City in August, expect nights in Des Moines to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are little chillier, around 84°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Dubuque.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Dubuque

— 1 night
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, then make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., then take in the waterfront at Riverwalk, and finally walk around Eagle Point Park.

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Traveling by car from Des Moines to Dubuque takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Des Moines in August, expect Dubuque to be slightly colder, temps between 79°F and 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Wisconsin Dells

— 3 nights

Waterpark Capital of the World

Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
Attractions like Noah's Ark Water Park and Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Wisconsin Dells to Spring Green to see Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll around Wisconsin Deer Park, get a dose of the wild on Original Wisconsin Ducks, and tee off at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Wisconsin Dells travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dubuque to Wisconsin Dells in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Wisconsin Dells are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Milwaukee

— 1 night

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Milwaukee Art Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Milwaukee County Zoo, and then examine the collection at Harley-Davidson Museum.

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

Traveling by car from Wisconsin Dells to Milwaukee takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Milwaukee are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Traverse City

— 2 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
On the 13th (Thu), admire all the interesting features of Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, then trek along Empire Bluff Trail, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Traverse City trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Milwaukee to Traverse City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Milwaukee to Traverse City due to the time zone difference. In August in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Duluth

— 2 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congdon Park, stroll around Canal Park, then snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and float downstream with Swiftwater Adventures, contemplate the long history of Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, and then cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Duluth day trip app.

Fly from Traverse City to Duluth in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Traverse City in August, expect nights in Duluth to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Duluth

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Nickelodeon Universe and then browse the different shops at Mall of America.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Minneapolis online holiday planner.

Getting from Duluth to Minneapolis by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Duluth in August: highs in Minneapolis hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Rapid City

— 3 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.
Kids will enjoy Bear Country USA and Sylvan Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Keystone (Black Hills Helicopters & Mount Rushmore National Memorial) and Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Needles Eye Tunnel, &more). The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine, and wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City day trip planner.

Fly from Minneapolis to Rapid City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Iowa travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."

Wisconsin travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Zoos
The Badger State
Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" because of its status as the nation's most famous producer of milk and cheese. A growing favorite with foreign tourists, the state is a perfect holiday destination for nature lovers, offering year-round outdoor activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes and waterways alongside apple and cherry orchards, Wisconsin also offers numerous urban tourist attractions, its cities hosting renowned beer and art festivals each year.

Michigan travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.

Minnesota travel guide

4.4
Shopping Malls · Room Escape Games · Entertainment Centers
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.

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.