15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Boise
— 1 night
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Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cody
— 2 nights
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Rapid City
— 1 night
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Medora
— 1 night
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Fargo
— 1 night
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
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Boise

— 1 night

City of Trees

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Boise River Greenbelt.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Boise trip maker website.

San Francisco to Boise is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Boise can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Boise

Wineries · Trails · Shopping · Parks

Side 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Teton. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Transfiguration, explore and take pictures at 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, and then trek along Menor's Ferry Historical Trail.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Jackson Hole road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Boise to Jackson Hole takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. Traveling from Boise in September, expect Jackson Hole to be little chillier, temps between 68°F and 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

West Yellowstone

— 1 night
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): cast your line with a fishing tour, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Yellowstone, and then stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip maker app.

Drive from Jackson Hole to West Yellowstone in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Jackson Hole in September, expect little chillier with lows of 32°F in West Yellowstone. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic Spring. There's still lots to do: trek along Lone Star Geyser, stroll through Osprey Falls Trail, admire the sheer force of Gibbon Falls, and contemplate the geological forces at Monument Geyser Basin.

Plan trip to Yellowstone National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Yellowstone National Park takes 1.5 hours. September in Yellowstone National Park sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cody.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Cody

— 2 nights

Preferred Gateway to Yellowstone

A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): examine the collection at Cody Firearms Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and then see the interesting displays at Plains Indian Museum. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, explore the world behind art at Whitney Western Art Museum, and then learn more about the world around you at Draper Natural History Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cody trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Cody in 2.5 hours. In September, Cody is somewhat warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 70°F and lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Rapid City.

Things to do in Cody

Museums

Side Trip

Rapid City

— 1 night

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery, stroll through Bear Country USA, then learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rapid City visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Cody to Rapid City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Medora.

Things to do in Rapid City

Wildlife · Parks · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Medora

— 1 night
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Medora road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Medora takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Rapid City in September, expect Medora to be little chillier, temps between 70°F and 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Fargo.

Things to do in Medora

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Fargo

— 1 night
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Bonanzaville and then tee off at Edgewood Golf.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Fargo trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Medora to Fargo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Medora in September since evenings lows in Fargo dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Fargo

Historic Sites · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Glacier National Park

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, then cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and finally appreciate the views at Logan Pass. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek and then take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park holiday builder.

Getting from Fargo to Glacier National Park by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fargo in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Glacier National Park, with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Idaho travel guide

4.5
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Waterfalls
The Gem State
The mountainous state of Idaho houses some of the country's largest stretches of unspoiled nature. There are plenty of opportunities for adventurous holidays here, with rapids, canyons, snow-capped mountains, expansive lakes, and waterfalls higher than Niagara Falls. Those on vacation with access to a car can enjoy some of the most scenic drives in the nation while traversing Idaho's rugged landscape. Boise, the state's capital and most populous city, provides cultural attractions such as museums, galleries, and theater. The students of Boise State University contribute to the city's vibrant and growing nightlife scene.

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.

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 · Performances
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.