15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey maker

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Duluth
— 1 night
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Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights
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Chicago
— 3 nights
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Des Moines
— 1 night
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Omaha
— 2 nights
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Custer
— 3 nights
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Bismarck
— 2 nights
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Duluth

— 1 night

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 17th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk and then take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive. On the next day, admire the majestic nature at Amnicon Falls State Park, snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congdon Park, and finally walk around Enger Park.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Duluth trip app.

London, UK to Duluth is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Duluth. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wisconsin Dells

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wisconsin Deer Park, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Devil's Lake State Park, admire the landmark architecture of Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center , then look for gifts at Kernel Popcorn's Factory, and finally play a few rounds at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Wisconsin Dells tour app.

Getting from Duluth to Wisconsin Dells by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Wisconsin Dells can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Chicago

— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, and enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago day trip site.

You can drive from Wisconsin Dells to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Wisconsin Dells in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Chicago, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Des Moines

— 1 night
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): examine the collection at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, then tour the pleasant surroundings at High Trestle Trail, and finally hike along Brown's Woods.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Des Moines tour builder tool.

Fly from Chicago to Des Moines in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Omaha.

Things to do in Des Moines

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Omaha

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
On the 25th (Sun), observe the fascinating underwater world at Henry Doorly Zoo, take an in-depth tour of The Durham Museum, and then shop like a local with Old Market. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center, then try to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, and then take in the views from Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Omaha tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Des Moines to Omaha in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Omaha can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Neighborhoods · Casinos · Shopping

Side Trip

Custer

— 3 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Custer is known for nature, scenic drive, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery, and admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Custer trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Omaha to Custer takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Omaha to Custer due to the time zone difference. In July, Custer is little chillier than Omaha - with highs of 31°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Bismarck

— 2 nights
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): enjoy some diversion at Universal Playground/ Eagles Park, steep yourself in history at On-A-Slant Village, and then contemplate the long history of Custer House.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bismarck travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Custer to Bismarck takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Custer to Bismarck, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Bismarck are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bismarck

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

North Dakota travel guide

4.6
National Parks · History Museums · Historic Sites
Geographic Center of the North American Continent
A primarily rural state, North Dakota is the ancient home of the Lakota tribe. Norwegian settlers once made up the European population, and one of the state's major attractions is the Norsk Høstfest, the largest Norwegian festival in the United States. The vast plains and never-ending sky inspire the many orchestras that call the state home. The spirituality of the music is second only to the spirituality of the people, as the state has the nation's highest percentage of churchgoing residents. The state's open fields are conducive to fishing, hunting, and winter activities.