17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Cincinnati
— 1 day
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Indianapolis
— 2 nights
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Wisconsin Dells
— 1 night
Drive to Dane County Regional Truax Field, Fly to Bismarck Municipal Airport
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Bismarck
— 1 night
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Rapid City
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Denver
— 1 night
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Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 1 night
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Page
— 1 night
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Sedona
— 2 nights
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Cincinnati

— 1 day

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): look for gifts at Rookwood and then get to know the resident critters at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cincinnati travel planner.

Phoenix to Cincinnati is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Phoenix to Cincinnati. Traveling from Phoenix in October, things will get colder in Cincinnati: highs are around 68°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

Indianapolis

— 2 nights

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
On the 4th (Sun), have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, then see the interesting displays at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, then experience rural life at Anderson Orchard, and finally admire the natural beauty at Willowfield Lavender Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at The Sky Farm at Eskenazi Health, test your team's savvy at The Escape Room Fishers, and then look for gifts at Tuttle Orchards.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Indianapolis vacation planning site.

Drive from Cincinnati to Indianapolis in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Indianapolis are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trips

Wisconsin Dells

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Country Bumpkin Farm Market and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Wisconsin Dells takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Indianapolis to Wisconsin Dells, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Indianapolis in October, with highs in Wisconsin Dells at 60°F and lows at 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Shopping · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Bismarck

— 1 night
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, get curious at Gateway to Science, and then contemplate the long history of On-A-Slant Village.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bismarck trip builder app.

Explore your travel options from Wisconsin Dells to Bismarck with the Route module. Traveling from Wisconsin Dells in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 34°F in Bismarck. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Bismarck

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, and then take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rapid City planner.

You can drive from Bismarck to Rapid City in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bismarck to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bismarck in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 40°F in Rapid City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

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 9th (Fri): kick your exploration up a notch at The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs day trip planner.

You can fly from Rapid City to Colorado Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Denver

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, and then examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Denver road trip site.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daytime highs in Denver are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Jackson Hole

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Teton. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Fish The Fly Guide Service & Travel and then hit the best photo ops around with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Jackson Hole sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Denver to Jackson Hole takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver in October, expect Jackson Hole to be slightly colder, temps between 55°F and 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 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.
Attractions like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Boiling River make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, take in the awesome beauty at Old Gardiner Road, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Point, and admire the sheer force of Undine Falls.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park journey app.

You can drive from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Jackson Hole, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 47°F to lows of 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Spas · Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, with highs in Glacier National Park at 56°F and lows at 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Page.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nature · Trails · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Page

— 1 night

Center of Canyon Country

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then take in the dramatic natural features at Horseshoe Bend, and finally see human ingenuity at work at Glen Canyon Dam.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Page trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Glacier National Park to Page in 7.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, Page is a bit warmer than Glacier National Park - with highs of 73°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Page

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Sedona

— 2 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), then trek along Broken Arrow Trail, and then see Off-Road Tours. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Holy Cross, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sedona travel planner.

Traveling by car from Page to Sedona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Sedona can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Ohio travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Casinos · Water Parks
The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.

Indiana travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.

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.

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.

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.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.