15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Keystone
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
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Glacier National Park
— 1 night
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Seattle
— 2 nights
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Portland
— 2 nights
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Idaho City
— 2 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yellow Mounds Overlook and then take a memorable drive along Loop Road. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip planner.

Minneapolis to Badlands National Park is an approximately 9-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Minneapolis to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Minneapolis, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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 (Sun): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine, take an unforgettable tour with Black Hills Helicopters, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area, and finally explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Keystone trip planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Keystone takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in August, things will get a bit cooler in Keystone: highs are around 77°F and lows about 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful and then take in the natural beauty of Blue Star Spring.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Drive from Keystone to Yellowstone National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Keystone in August; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 70°F and lows reach 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the activities along Avalanche Lake, admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, and then admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, with highs in Glacier National Park at 83°F and lows at 48°F. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Seattle

— 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.
On the 27th (Fri), observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium, enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, then take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market. On your second day here, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Seattle holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Glacier National Park to Seattle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Glacier National Park to Seattle is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Seattle when traveling from Glacier National Park in August, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Portland

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Pittock Mansion, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, then admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, then admire the natural beauty at Lan Su Chinese Garden, and finally look for gifts at Powell's City of Books. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Multnomah Falls, then see the interesting displays at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oregon Zoo.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Portland trip planner.

Traveling by car from Seattle to Portland takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Portland are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Idaho City.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Idaho City

— 2 nights
Idaho City is a city in and the county seat of Boise County, Idaho, United States, located about 36mi northeast of Boise. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Boise Basin Museum and then explore the activities along The Springs - A Mountain Hot Springs Retreat At Idaho City.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Idaho City online journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Portland to Idaho City. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Portland in August, you will find days in Idaho City are a bit warmer (91°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). On the 2nd (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Idaho City

Parks · Nature · Museums

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.