18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Portland
— 3 nights
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Boise
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kansas City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint Louis
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 1 night
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Charlotte
— 1 night

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Portland

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Columbia River Highway and Willamette Valley Vineyards. Visiting Silver Falls State Park and Little Zigzag Falls will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Portland: Vista House (in Corbett) and Mount Hood (in Hood River). There's much more to do: browse the fresh offerings at Esther Short Park, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, and look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Portland travel itinerary planner.

Charlotte to Portland is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Portland is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Charlotte in June, expect Portland to be slightly colder, temps between 77°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Boise.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): visit Hyde Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Hulls Gulch Nature Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at World Center For Birds of Prey, and finally stop by Cravin's Candy Emporium. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Cathedral, then get a taste of the local shopping with Boise Art Glass, and then contemplate the long history of Old Idaho Penitentiary.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Boise trip site.

You can drive from Portland to Boise in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland to Boise, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Portland in July, you will find days in Boise are a bit warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Boise

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of S Rim Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Drive from Boise to Yellowstone National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. In July, Yellowstone National Park is cooler than Boise - with highs of 73°F and lows of 39°F. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Denver.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Denver

— 2 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.
On the 6th (Sat), look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then get a taste of the local shopping with 16th Street Mall, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Argo Mill and Tunnel, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then contemplate the long history of Dinosaur Ridge.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Denver driving holiday website.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Denver in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, you will find days in Denver are a bit warmer (87°F), and nights are much warmer (60°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kansas City

— 3 nights
The city meets the Great Plains in Kansas City City, Kansas.
Get some cultural insight at OZ Museum and Massachusetts Street. Explore hidden gems such as Fort Scott National Cemetery and Cabela's. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kansas City: Prairie Fire Winery (in Paxico), Territorial Capital Museum (in Lecompton) and Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes (in Fort Scott). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory & Education Center, wander the streets of Park Place, explore the world behind art at Spencer Museum of Art, and do a tasting at Somerset Ridge Vineyard-Winery.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kansas City online trip builder.

You can drive from Denver to Kansas City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Saint Louis

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Transportation, then identify plant and animal life at The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis trip maker site.

Getting from Kansas City to Saint Louis by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Saint Louis are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nashville

— 1 night

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): look for gifts at Savannah's Candy Kitchen, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, and then examine the collection at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Nashville takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. July in Nashville sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Charlotte

— 1 night

The Queen City

A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Kings Mountain National Military Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Charlotte attractions planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Charlotte in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nashville to Charlotte, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Charlotte can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.