15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour builder

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Detroit
— 1 night
Fly
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Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jackson Hole
— 3 nights
Fly
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Keystone
— 1 night
Drive
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Spearfish
— 1 night
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take a stroll through Greektown, take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, examine the collection at Greenfield Village, then steep yourself in history at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, and finally contemplate the long history of Motown Museum. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve And Nature Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Island Lake State Recreation Area, wander the streets of Kerrytown, then take a stroll through Main Street, then admire the natural beauty at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, and finally stop by Depot Town.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Detroit online tour planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Detroit. January in Detroit sees daily highs of 32°F and lows of 19°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Detroit

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Chicago

— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Pleasant Home. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Art Institute of Chicago and Fourth Presbyterian Church. Get out of town with these interesting Chicago side-trips: Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve (in Lake Forest), Skokie Lagoons (in Winnetka) and Prairie Wolf Slough (in Highland Park). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, steep yourself in history at Cantigny Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chicago online road trip planner.

You can fly from Detroit to Chicago in 4.5 hours. Other options are to 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 32°F in January, and nighttime lows around 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 nights

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.
Visiting Old Gardiner Road and Hayden Valley will get you outdoors. Beaver Ponds Loop Trail and S Rim Trail will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Back Mountain, take in the dramatic scenery at Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River, get outside with Morning Glory Pool, and witness a stunning natural landmark at West Thumb Geyser Basin.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park vacation tool.

You can fly from Chicago to Yellowstone National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, bus, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Yellowstone National Park. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chicago in January; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 23°F and lows reach 1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Jackson Hole

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cathedral Group and Grand Teton. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mormon Row Historic District and Chapel of the Sacred Heart. Venture out of the city with trips to Grand Teton National Park (Death Canyon, String Lake, &more) and Moose (Murie Centre & Chapel of the Transfiguration). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at National Museum of Wildlife Art, explore the activities along Jenny Lake, get a dose of the wild on Ana's Grand Excursions, and don't miss a visit to Town Square.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Jackson Hole itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole takes 2.5 hours. January in Jackson Hole sees daily highs of 24°F and lows of 4°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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 15th (Fri): cruise along Iron Mountain Road, identify plant and animal life at Bismark Lake Campground, contemplate the waterfront views at Stockade Lake, view the masterpieces at Jon Crane Gallery & Custom Framing, then learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, and finally explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Keystone trip maker app.

Fly from Jackson Hole to Keystone in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Jackson Hole in January: high temperatures in Keystone hover around 37°F and lows are around 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Spearfish.

Things to do in Keystone

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Spearfish

— 1 night
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Adams House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Spearfish trip planner.

You can drive from Keystone to Spearfish in 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Spearfish are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Spearfish

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

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.
On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, hike along Door Trail, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then hike along Notch Trail, then trek along Saddle Pass Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape of Yellow Mounds Overlook.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park day trip planning website.

Drive from Spearfish to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Spearfish to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Spearfish in January, Badlands National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

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.