17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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Missoula
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Gardiner
— 2 nights
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Rapid City
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Keystone
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Wall
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Sioux Falls
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Frankfort
— 2 nights
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Watervliet
— 2 nights
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Bloomington
— 2 nights
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Bismarck
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Billings
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Glacier National Park
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Kalispell
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Spokane
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Missoula

— 1 night
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, then examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, and then stop by Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Missoula trip itinerary tool.

Seattle to Missoula is an approximately 8-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Seattle, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Missoula, ranging from highs of 31°F to lows of 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Missoula

Wildlife · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Gardiner

— 2 nights
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Gardiner trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Missoula to Gardiner in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Missoula in January, things will get little chillier in Gardiner: highs are around 21°F and lows about -2°F. On the 23rd (Sat), you're off to Rapid City.

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks · Nature

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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.
For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rapid City road trip website.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Rapid City takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Gardiner in January, with highs in Rapid City at 39°F and lows at 18°F. You'll set off for Keystone on the 24th (Sun).

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Keystone

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Keystone visit planner.

Keystone is just a short distance from Rapid City. In January, daytime highs in Keystone are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 15°F. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wall.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Nature
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Wall

Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Wall trip maker site.

Drive from Keystone to Wall in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°F, and evening lows to 11°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Wall

Shopping
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Sioux Falls

— 1 night
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sioux Falls trip site.

You can drive from Wall to Sioux Falls in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Wall to Sioux Falls, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Wall in January: highs in Sioux Falls hover around 27°F, while lows dip to 8°F. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Frankfort.

Frankfort

— 2 nights
Frankfort is a village in Will County, Illinois, United States. To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Frankfort online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Sioux Falls to Frankfort by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Sioux Falls in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°F in Frankfort. On the 27th (Wed), you're off to Watervliet.

Things to do in Frankfort

Nightlife · Fun & Games · Museums · Outdoors

Watervliet

— 2 nights
Watervliet is a city in Berrien County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 27th (Wed), do a tasting at Contessa Wine Cellars Tasting Room and then sample the tasty concoctions at Arclight Brewery. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Chocolate Garden, then learn about winemaking at St. Julian Winery, and then cool off at Surfari Joe's Indoor Wilderness Water Park.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Watervliet trip planner.

Traveling by car from Frankfort to Watervliet takes 2 hours. Traveling from Frankfort to Watervliet, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°F, and evening lows to 19°F. You will leave for Bloomington on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Watervliet

Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Theme Parks

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Bloomington

— 2 nights
The city of Bloomington, part of the Minneapolis-St.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, then take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, then find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe, and finally browse the different shops at Rybicki Cheese.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Bloomington trip itinerary planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Watervliet to Bloomington. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Watervliet to Bloomington. Traveling from Watervliet in January, expect Bloomington to be little chillier, temps between 24°F and 9°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Bloomington

Parks · Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

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Bismarck

— 1 night
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. On the 1st (Mon), ponder the world of politics at North Dakota State Capitol Building.

Before you visit Bismarck, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bloomington to Bismarck. Traveling from Bloomington in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Bismarck, with lows around 4°F. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Billings.

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 1st (Mon): stop by Scheels.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Billings trip tool.

Traveling by car from Bismarck to Billings takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Bismarck in February, expect Billings to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°F and 19°F. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Billings

Shopping
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Glacier National Park

— 1 night

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.
For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Glacier National Park holiday builder site.

You can fly from Billings to Glacier National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°F, and evening lows to 17°F. On the 3rd (Wed), you're off to Kalispell.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Kalispell

— 1 night
Kalispell is a city in, and the county seat of Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Conrad Mansion, get some jogging in at Swan River Nature Trail, and then see what you can catch with Howe’s Fishing – A Able/Mo Fisch Charters and Tours.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kalispell online route planner.

Explore your travel options from Glacier National Park to Kalispell with the Route module. In February, daily temperatures in Kalispell can reach 36°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Spokane.

Things to do in Kalispell

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

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Spokane

— 1 night
Spokane is a city located in the state of Washington in the northwestern United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): make a trip to St. John's Cathedral, then take in nature's colorful creations at Manito Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Spokane Falls.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Spokane trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kalispell to Spokane by car takes about 4.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kalispell to Spokane. Traveling from Kalispell in February, Spokane is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°F. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Spokane

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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.