17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Des Moines
Drive
3
Omaha
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Cheyenne
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Custer
— 1 night
Drive
6
Billings
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Medora
— 1 night
Drive
8
Fargo
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Wisconsin Dells
— 1 night
Drive
10
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Fly
11
Baltimore
— 1 night

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Minneapolis

— 2 nights

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 3rd (Mon): get your game on at FlyOver America, get in on the family fun at Nickelodeon Universe, then have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game, then take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mill Ruins Park.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis day trip tool.

Baltimore to Minneapolis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Baltimore to Minneapolis is minus 1 hour. In August, Minneapolis is little chillier than Baltimore - with highs of 81°F and lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Fun & Games · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Des Moines

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 4th (Tue), make a splash at Adventureland.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Des Moines driving holiday planning site.

You can fly from Minneapolis to Des Moines in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Des Moines, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Omaha.

Things to do in Des Moines

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Omaha

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
On the 5th (Wed), explore the engaging exhibits at Omaha Children's Museum, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Henry Doorly Zoo, and then stop by Old Market Candy Shop.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Omaha online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Omaha takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cheyenne.

Things to do in Omaha

Childrens Museums · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Cheyenne

— 2 nights
Cheyenne is the capital and most populous city of the US state of Wyoming and the county seat of Laramie County. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Wyoming State Museum, then see the interesting displays at Cheyenne Depot Museum, then appreciate the history behind Cheyenne Big Boots, and finally get a taste of life in the country at Terry Bison Ranch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Wyoming State Capitol, then admire the striking features of Historic Governors' Mansion, and finally make a trip to Big Boy Steam Engine.

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

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Omaha to Cheyenne in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Omaha to Cheyenne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Omaha in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cheyenne, with lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Cheyenne

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Custer

— 1 night
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Custer trip planner.

Getting from Cheyenne to Custer by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Cheyenne in August, expect nights in Custer to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are little chillier, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Custer

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Billings

— 2 nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): look for gifts at Scheels, explore the striking landscape at The Rimrocks, then get to know the resident critters at ZooMontana, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Pictograph Cave State Park, examine the collection at Moss Mansion, then stroll through Pompeys Pillar National Monument, and finally admire the natural beauty at DanWalt Gardens.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Billings attractions planner.

You can drive from Custer to Billings in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Custer in August; daily highs in Billings reach 85°F and lows reach 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Medora.

Things to do in Billings

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Side Trip

Medora

— 1 night
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Chateau de Mores State Historic Site and then get to know the fascinating history of South Unit.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Medora trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Billings to Medora takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In August, Medora is little chillier than Billings - with highs of 80°F and lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Fargo.

Things to do in Medora

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Fargo

— 2 nights
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Bonanzaville, explore the galleries of Red River Zoo, and then see the interesting displays at Roger Maris Museum. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Fargo Air Museum, gain insight at North Dakota State University, and then get engrossed in the history at Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fargo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Medora to Fargo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Medora to Fargo. Traveling from Medora in August, Fargo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Fargo

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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.
On the 15th (Sat), cool off at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then test your team's savvy at Elusive Escape Rooms, then get your game on at Laser Warfare, and finally get your game on at Laser Ops Compound.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Wisconsin Dells road trip planning app.

You can drive from Fargo to Wisconsin Dells in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. In August in Wisconsin Dells, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Fun & Games · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Minneapolis

— 2 nights

The City of Lakes

Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, then admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, then see the interesting displays at Mill City Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Isles, contemplate the waterfront views at Chain of Lakes, and then look for gifts at Candyland.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis road trip planning tool.

Getting from Wisconsin Dells to Minneapolis by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Baltimore.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Baltimore

— 1 night

City of Firsts

A major center for tourism and travel, Baltimore is famous as the city where amateur poet Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for the United States' national anthem.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Alphonsus Church, then get your game on at Urban Axes Baltimore, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sagamore Spirit Distillery, and finally try your luck at Horseshoe Casino.

Find out how to plan Baltimore trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Baltimore takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Minneapolis in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 71°F in Baltimore. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Baltimore

Fun & Games · Casinos · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

Iowa travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."

Nebraska travel guide

4.6
Aquariums · Shopping · History Museums
The Cornhusker State
Situated in the heartland of America, Nebraska is home to a large number of small rural communities and masses of farmland. The state's two main cities, Omaha and Lincoln, are abuzz with youthful energy and cultural delights. Your itinerary can include a trip to the cities' museums to learn about the state's past, or tours of the area's important pioneer and Native American sites. The state's central location means that it has been crossed by many trails, but it was the California Gold Rush of 1848-1855 that originally brought large numbers of non-indigenous people to the area. Scenic river valleys offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor vacation activities, while Nebraska's agricultural towns charm visitors with their all-American spirit.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.