17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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Denver
— 4 nights
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Cody
— 2 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
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Idaho Falls
— 2 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
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Kalispell
— 3 nights
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Denver

— 4 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Garden of the Gods (in Colorado Springs) and Idaho Springs (Summit Lake Park & Maison de Ski). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens, cruise along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Denver travel itinerary planner.

Valparaiso to Denver is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Valparaiso in May, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Denver: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Cody.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
On the 21st (Thu), see the interesting displays at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum, see the interesting displays at Cody Firearms Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and finally look for gifts at Cowtown Candy Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Draper Natural History Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Cody Firearms Experience, LLC, and then take an in-depth tour of Plains Indian Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cody trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Denver to Cody by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Cody

Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping

West Yellowstone

— 3 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yellowstone National Park (Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Golden Gate Canyon, &more). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, explore the activities along Yellowstone River, and get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the West Yellowstone attractions planner.

You can drive from Cody to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cody in May; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 57°F and lows reach 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Idaho Falls.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Idaho Falls

— 2 nights
Idaho Falls is a city in and the county seat of Bonneville County, Idaho, United States, and is the largest city in Eastern Idaho. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): meet the residents at Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park, make a trip to Snake River Greenbelt, then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Pavilion, and finally admire the sheer force of Idaho Falls River Walk. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Tautphaus Park, then examine the collection at Collector Corner Museum, then enjoy some diversion at Freeman Park, and finally learn more about the world around you at Museum of Idaho.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Idaho Falls day trip planner.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Idaho Falls in 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in May: high temperatures in Idaho Falls hover around 69°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Idaho Falls

Parks · Museums · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Salt Lake City

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): ponder the world of politics at Utah State Capitol, admire the natural beauty at Temple Square, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salt Lake Temple, and finally view the masterpieces at Art at the Main Gallery. On the next day, explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Utah, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Salt Lake City route builder website.

You can fly from Idaho Falls to Salt Lake City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Idaho Falls in May, Salt Lake City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Kalispell.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Kalispell

— 3 nights
Kalispell is a city in, and the county seat of Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook, explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road, and then admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kalispell online trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Salt Lake City to Kalispell. In May, Kalispell is a bit cooler than Salt Lake City - with highs of 67°F and lows of 38°F. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kalispell

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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.