17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Continental USA route planner

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Sioux Falls
— 1 night
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Billings
— 1 night
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Coeur d'Alene
— 1 night
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Seattle
— 2 nights
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Portland
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 1 night
Fly to Minneapolis-St Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain Airport, Drive to Eau Claire

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Sioux Falls

— 1 night
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): observe the fascinating underwater world at Butterfly House & Aquarium, then identify plant and animal life at Arrowhead Park, then identify plant and animal life at Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Blood Run Nature Area. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Stockyards Ag Experience, take a tour by water with The Outdoor Campus, then see the interesting displays at Sioux Empire Medical Museum, and finally trek along SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls day trip planner.

Eau Claire to Sioux Falls is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Sioux Falls can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can fly to Billings.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Billings

— 1 night
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Four Dances Recreation Area, then stop by Scheels, then do a tasting at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, and finally explore the striking landscape at Sacrifice Cliff. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Toucan Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Western Heritage Center, and then contemplate the long history of Yellowstone Kelly Interpretative Site.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Billings road trip planning site.

You can fly from Sioux Falls to Billings in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sioux Falls to Billings is minus 1 hour. August in Billings sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Coeur d'Alene.

Things to do in Billings

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Wineries

Coeur d'Alene

— 1 night
Coeur d'Alene is the largest city and county seat of Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. On the 19th (Thu), walk around Q'emiln Park, then examine the collection at Bird Aviation Museum & Invention Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at English Point Recreation Area, and finally hike along Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by KnitKnit, then explore the activities along Coeur d'Alene Lake, then identify plant and animal life at Tubbs Hill Nature Trails, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The Art Spirit Gallery.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Coeur d'Alene trip builder app.

Fly from Billings to Coeur d'Alene in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Billings to Coeur d'Alene. In August, daytime highs in Coeur d'Alene are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Coeur d'Alene

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take a stroll through Pike Place Market, admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Washington Park Arboretum, then learn about winemaking at Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards, then see the interesting displays at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center, and finally walk around Kerry Park.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Coeur d'Alene to Seattle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Coeur d'Alene in August since evenings lows in Seattle dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Wildlife · Museums · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trip

Portland

— 2 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Hoyt Arboretum, then get outside with Portland Timbers, then look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Willamette River Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): admire the verdant scenery at Sokol Blosser Winery, learn about winemaking at Winter's Hill Estate, then do a tasting at Winderlea Vineyard and Winery, and finally indulge your senses at Uncorked Northwest Wine Tours.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Portland day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Portland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Portland, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Portland

Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands. On the next day, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and finally wander the streets of Union Square.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Francisco online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Portland to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Portland, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 28th (Sat), stop by LA Farmers' Market, shop like a local with Rodeo Drive, then admire all the interesting features of 26-Mile Bike Path, and finally explore the world behind art at The Broad. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Hollywood Bowl Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Universal CityWalk Hollywood, and then take a stroll through Old Pasadena.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 84°F and lows of 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Trails

Side Trips

San Diego

— 1 night

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): look for gifts at The Cave Store, stroll through Children's Pool, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Windansea Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (78°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping