18 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Seattle
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Jackson Hole
— 3 nights
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
— 2 nights
Drive to Rapid City Regional Airport, Fly to Cardiff


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.
Dedicate the 7th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, stop by Chukar Cherries, enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, and examine the collection at The Museum of Flight.

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Cardiff, UK to Seattle is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Cardiff to Seattle. While traveling from Cardiff, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Seattle, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to fly to Portland.
Wineries · Tours · Shopping · Museums

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.
On the 8th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Pittock Mansion, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden, and finally look for gifts at Powell's City of Books. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your taste buds at Cellar Door Wine Tours and then trek along Wildwood Trail.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Portland vacation planner.

Getting from Seattle to Portland by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Portland sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Boise.
Parks · Wineries · Tours · Trails
Side Trip

Boise — 2 nights

City of Trees

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 10th (Sun), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then sample the tasty concoctions at Barbarian Brewing Taproom, then learn about winemaking at Telaya Wine Co., and finally stroll around Ann Morrison Park. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, then trek along Boise River Greenbelt, and then steep yourself in history at Old Idaho Penitentiary.

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Fly from Portland to Boise in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Jackson Hole.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trip

Jackson Hole — 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Grand Teton National Park (Grand Teton, Schwabacher Landing, &more). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Yellowstone Day Tours.

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Traveling by car from Boise to Jackson Hole takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. In September, Jackson Hole is slightly colder than Boise - with highs of 23°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.
Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park — 5 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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, take a memorable drive along Firehole Lake Drive, and explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge Trail.

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You can drive from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Jackson Hole in September: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 18°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Custer.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Custer — 2 nights

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 20th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road, and then cruise along Needles Highway. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

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Fly from Yellowstone National Park to Custer in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September; daily highs in Custer reach 25°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Side Trips

Washington State travel guide

Art Museums · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.

Oregon travel guide

Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

Idaho travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Zipline · Bodies of Water
The Gem State
The mountainous state of Idaho houses some of the country's largest stretches of unspoiled nature. There are plenty of opportunities for adventurous holidays here, with rapids, canyons, snow-capped mountains, expansive lakes, and waterfalls higher than Niagara Falls. Those on vacation with access to a car can enjoy some of the most scenic drives in the nation while traversing Idaho's rugged landscape. Boise, the state's capital and most populous city, provides cultural attractions such as museums, galleries, and theater. The students of Boise State University contribute to the city's vibrant and growing nightlife scene.

Wyoming travel guide

Hot Springs · River Rafting & Tubing · Wildlife Areas
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

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.