15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly + taxi:  4​h
1
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Medora
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Mandan
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Bismarck
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Fargo
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Omaha
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Abilene
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Salt Lake City

1
night
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Badlands Ranch Store, Castle Trail and Badlands Wall. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): look for gifts at Badlands Ranch Store, trek along Castle Trail, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, then take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Homestead Overlook.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park day trip website .

Salt Lake City to Badlands National Park is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salt Lake City in June, expect Badlands National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 83°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Medora.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Bigfoot Pass Overlook ©
Bigfoot Pass Overlook
White River Valley Overlook ©
White River Valley Overlook

1
night
Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Painted Canyon Overlook and then get to know the fascinating history of South Unit.

To find out how to plan a trip to Medora, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Medora by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in June: highs in Medora hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 50°F. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mandan.

Things to do in Medora

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
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Painted Canyon Overlook ©
Painted Canyon Overlook
South Unit ©
South Unit

2
nights
Mandan

Mandan ©
Mandan is a city on the eastern border of Morton County and is the eighth-largest city in North Dakota. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Harmon Lake as well as Universal Playground/ Eagles Park. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): let little ones run wild at Universal Playground/ Eagles Park, make a splash at Raging Rivers Waterpark, and then explore the activities along Harmon Lake.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Mandan trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Medora to Mandan in 2 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Medora to Mandan due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Mandan are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Bismarck.

Things to do in Mandan

Parks Theme Parks Fun & Games
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Universal Playground/ Eagles Park ©
Universal Playground/ Eagles Park
Harmon Lake ©
Harmon Lake
Raging Rivers Waterpark ©
Raging Rivers Waterpark

2
nights
Bismarck

Bismarck ©
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to McDowell Dam Nature Park and Keelboat Park. It doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at The Dakota Zoo and pause for some photo ops at Buffalo Statue.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bismarck driving holiday planner.

Bismarck is just a stone's throw from Mandan. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Fargo.

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
The Dakota Zoo ©
The Dakota Zoo
Keelboat Park ©
Keelboat Park

2
nights
Fargo

Fargo ©
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 15th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Red River Zoo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church, and then snap pictures at Veterans memorial bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): play a few rounds at Edgewood Golf.

Plan a Fargo trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Bismarck to Fargo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June, daily temperatures in Fargo can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Omaha.

Things to do in Fargo

Golf Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Edgewood Golf ©
Edgewood Golf
Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church ©
Red River Zoo ©
Red River Zoo

2
nights
Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Platte River State Park, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Henry Doorly Zoo, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Cecilia's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Father Flanagan's Historic House, then contemplate the long history of General Crook House Museum, and then pause for some photo ops at Kanesville Tabernacle.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Omaha trip planner.

You can fly from Fargo to Omaha in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Fargo in June, things will get a bit warmer in Omaha: highs are around 85°F and lows about 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Abilene.

Things to do in Omaha

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kanesville Tabernacle, Platte River State Park
Highlights from your plan
Platte River State Park ©
Platte River State Park
St. Cecilia's Cathedral ©
St. Cecilia's Cathedral
Henry Doorly Zoo ©
Henry Doorly Zoo

3
nights
Abilene

Abilene ©
Abilene is a city in and the county seat of Dickinson County, Kansas, United States. Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad and Seelye Mansion will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Chase County Courthouse and Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Abilene: Geary State Fishing Lake amd Wildlife Area (in Junction City), Cosmosphere (in Hutchinson) and St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church (in Marion). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Council Grove Reservoir and look for gifts at Russell Stover Candy Company.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Abilene travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Omaha to Abilene takes 4 hours. While traveling from Omaha, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Abilene, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Abilene

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cosmosphere, Chase County Courthouse, Council Grove Reservoir, St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, Geary State Fishing Lake amd Wildlife Area
Highlights from your plan
Seelye Mansion ©
Seelye Mansion
Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad
Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad
St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church ©

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