15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Philadelphia
— 1 day
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Cape May
— 1 night
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New York City
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cleveland
— 1 night
Fly
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Detroit
— 1 night
Fly
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Milwaukee
— 1 night
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Des Moines
— 1 night
Drive
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Omaha
— 1 night
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 1 night
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Minneapolis
— 1 night
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Philadelphia

— 1 day

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, then ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, and finally explore the striking landscape of Independence National Historical Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Philadelphia trip itinerary planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Philadelphia. In October, daytime highs in Philadelphia are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cape May.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Cape May

— 1 night

The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort

Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Cape May City Beaches, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at South Cape May Meadows.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cape May visit planner.

You can drive from Philadelphia to Cape May in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cape May can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to New York City.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

New York City

— 3 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center Memorial Foundation will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, make a trip to Rockefeller Center, snap pictures at Brooklyn Bridge, and enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read New York City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cape May to New York City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, tram, and train. October in New York City sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can fly to Cleveland.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Cleveland

— 1 night

Forest City

A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
On the 14th (Thu), explore the different monuments and memorials at Lake View Cemetery, then explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, and then walk around Bedford Reservation.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cleveland attractions planner.

You can fly from New York City to Cleveland in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in October, with highs in Cleveland at 65°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can fly to Detroit.

Things to do in Cleveland

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Detroit

— 1 night

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, then step off the mainland to explore Belle Isle Park, and then stroll around Elizabeth Park.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Detroit trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Cleveland to Detroit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Detroit are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Detroit

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Milwaukee

— 1 night

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
On the 16th (Sat), trek along Grant Park, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of St. Josaphat, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at MobCraft Beer.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Milwaukee travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Detroit to Milwaukee by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can fly to Des Moines.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Des Moines

— 1 night
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. On the 17th (Sun), take in the views from High Trestle Trail Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Living History Farms, and then walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Des Moines trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Milwaukee to Des Moines in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Des Moines are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Omaha.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center, stroll through Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, and then walk around Hitchcock Nature Center.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Omaha day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Omaha takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Omaha are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 1 night
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 19th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Omaha to Badlands National Park by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Omaha to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Omaha in October since evenings lows in Badlands National Park dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can fly to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.
On the 20th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Teton. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools and then contemplate the long history of Mormon Row Historic District.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Jackson Hole trip planner.

Fly from Badlands National Park to Jackson Hole in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in October: high temperatures in Jackson Hole hover around 55°F and lows are around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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 22nd (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Grinnell Glacier.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Jackson Hole to Glacier National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In October, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Highlights from your 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): surround yourself with nature on Stone Arch Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Paul, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Minneapolis travel app.

You can fly from Glacier National Park to Minneapolis in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Glacier National Park to Minneapolis due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Minneapolis when traveling from Glacier National Park in October, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pennsylvania travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Casinos · Specialty Museums
The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.

New Jersey travel guide

3.9
Casinos · Shopping Malls · Beaches
The Garden State
Often overshadowed by its legendary neighbor, New York, New Jersey holds its own as a land of thriving industrial cities, sprawling farmland, and lively coastal towns. Called the Garden State, New Jersey is a hub of entertainment and cultural attractions for the east coast, from the famous sandy beaches and carnival-like atmosphere of the Jersey Shore to alluring Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east. New Jersey also boasts a wealth of historical places to visit, including battle sites and memorials, such as George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters.

New York State travel guide

4.5
Scenic Walking Areas · Observation Decks · Monuments
The Empire State
Home to the country's most populous city, the state of New York is a major gateway for immigration into the United States, but also one of the nation's prime holiday destinations. Take a trip down the state's numerous wilderness trails and scenic roads to visit quaint small towns, sandy beaches, historical estates, and artist colonies. Though the majority of visitors head for the big-city restaurants, theaters, and museums, you can venture deeper into the rugged and remote mountain areas to discover a world of picturesque forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York also boasts the nation's largest forest preserve, encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of the state.

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.

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.

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.

Iowa travel guide

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Casinos · History Museums · Historic Sites
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."

Nebraska travel guide

4.6
Aquariums · Shopping · History Museums
The Cornhusker State
Situated in the heartland of America, Nebraska is home to a large number of small rural communities and masses of farmland. The state's two main cities, Omaha and Lincoln, are abuzz with youthful energy and cultural delights. Your itinerary can include a trip to the cities' museums to learn about the state's past, or tours of the area's important pioneer and Native American sites. The state's central location means that it has been crossed by many trails, but it was the California Gold Rush of 1848-1855 that originally brought large numbers of non-indigenous people to the area. Scenic river valleys offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor vacation activities, while Nebraska's agricultural towns charm visitors with their all-American spirit.

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.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
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.

Montana travel guide

4.7
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.

Minnesota travel guide

4.4
Room Escape Games · History Museums · Shopping Malls
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.