16 days in Continental USA Itinerary

16 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Wisconsin Dells
— 1 day
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Minneapolis
— 1 night
Fly to Bismarck, Drive to Medora
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Medora
— 1 night
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Jackson Hole
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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Boise
— 1 night
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
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Wisconsin Dells

— 1 day

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.
On the 24th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Original Wisconsin Ducks and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Wisconsin Dells online trip itinerary builder.

Toledo to Wisconsin Dells is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Toledo to Wisconsin Dells is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Wisconsin Dells when traveling from Toledo in July, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Minneapolis

— 1 night

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America and then take a memorable drive along Grand Rounds Scenic Byway.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Minneapolis online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Wisconsin Dells to Minneapolis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Wisconsin Dells in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Minneapolis, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Medora.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Shopping · Scenic Drive · Parks · Outdoors

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Medora

— 1 night
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of South Unit.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Medora online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Minneapolis to Medora in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Medora. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, Medora is a bit cooler at night with lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Medora

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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Rapid City

— 2 nights

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 27th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, then appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and finally cruise along Iron Mountain Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Medora to Rapid City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Medora in July, Rapid City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to fly to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and then stroll around Garden of the Gods.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Scenic Drive · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Jackson Hole

— 1 night
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.
On the 30th (Fri), see the interesting displays at National Museum of Wildlife Art, then get a dose of the wild on Ana's Grand Excursions, and then cast your line with Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Jackson Hole trip planner.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Jackson Hole in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, things will get little chillier in Jackson Hole: highs are around 79°F and lows about 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Old Faithful and West Thumb Geyser Basin. Get outdoors at Grand Prismatic Spring and Fishing Bridge General Store. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Loop Road, witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, take in the dramatic natural features at Blue Star Spring, and hike along Storm Point Trail.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park online day trip planner.

You can drive from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Jackson Hole in July; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 73°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Salt Lake City

— 1 night

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
On the 4th (Wed), learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Utah, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Tabernacle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City day trip website.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Salt Lake City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, Salt Lake City is much hotter than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 92°F and lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to fly to Boise.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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 5th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Hulls Gulch Nature Trail and then trek along Boise River Greenbelt.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Boise trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Salt Lake City to Boise takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Boise sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Boise

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails
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Glacier National Park

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook, take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, then admire the sheer force of St.Mary Falls, and finally explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Iceberg Lake, then hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, and then explore the activities along Swiftcurrent Falls.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park sightseeing planning app.

You can fly from Boise to Glacier National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, Glacier National Park is little chillier than Boise - with highs of 83°F and lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.

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.

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.

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.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
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.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

Idaho travel guide

4.6
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.

Montana travel guide

4.8
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
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.