18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  7​h
1
Portland
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Boise
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
4
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
5
Kansas City
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Saint Louis
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Nashville
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
8
Charlotte
— 1 night
End: Charlotte

3
nights
Portland

Portland ©
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.
For shopping fun, head to Powell's City of Books or Esther Short Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mount Hood and Willamette Valley Vineyards. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portland: Vista House (in Corbett), Little Zigzag Falls (in Government Camp) and Silver Falls State Park (in Silverton). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Columbia River Highway and admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Portland journey builder tool .

Charlotte to Portland is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Portland is minus 3 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in June; daily highs in Portland reach 77°F and lows reach 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Boise.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Willamette Valley Vineyards, Esther Short Park, Mount Hood, Columbia River Highway, Silver Falls State Park
Highlights from your plan
Willamette Valley Vineyards ©
Willamette Valley Vineyards
Mount Hood ©
Mount Hood
Columbia River Highway ©
Columbia River Highway

2
nights
Boise

Boise ©
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): take a stroll through Hyde Park, then identify plant and animal life 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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, then shop like a local with Boise Art Glass, and then contemplate the long history of Old Idaho Penitentiary.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Boise trip planner .

You can fly from Portland to Boise in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Portland to Boise due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Portland in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Boise: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Boise

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
World Center For Birds of Prey ©
World Center For Birds of Prey
Old Idaho Penitentiary ©
Old Idaho Penitentiary
St. John's Cathedral ©
St. John's Cathedral

2
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
On the 4th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of S Rim Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and then hike along Artist Point.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park road trip tool .

Getting from Boise to Yellowstone National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Traveling from Boise in July, expect Yellowstone National Park to be cooler, temps between 73°F and 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
Highlights from your plan
S Rim Trail ©
S Rim Trail
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

2
nights
Denver

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 take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Argo Mill and Tunnel, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then admire all the interesting features of Dinosaur Ridge.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Denver tour itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Denver in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Denver: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Dinosaur Ridge
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Dinosaur Ridge ©
Dinosaur Ridge
Argo Mill and Tunnel ©
Argo Mill and Tunnel

3
nights
Kansas City

Kansas City ©
The city meets the Great Plains in Kansas City City, Kansas.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Massachusetts Street and Prairie Fire Winery. Let the collections at Oz Museum and Territorial Capital Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kansas City: Fort Scott (Fort Scott National Cemetery & Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes), Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory & Education Center (in Louisburg) and Somerset Ridge Vineyard-Winery (in Somerset). And it doesn't end there: stop by Cabela's, examine the collection at Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, explore the world behind art at Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, and take a stroll through Park Place.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Kansas City travel route builder site .

Traveling by flight from Denver to Kansas City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

Lawrence, Fort Scott, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Somerset Ridge Vineyard-Winery, Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory & Education Center
Highlights from your plan
OZ Museum ©
OZ Museum
Massachusetts Street ©
Massachusetts Street
Cabela's ©
Cabela's

1
night
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 12th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Transportation, then identify plant and animal life at Sachs Butterfly House, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Kansas City to Saint Louis in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Saint Louis sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Sachs Butterfly House
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
The National Museum of Transportation ©

1
night
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 13th (Sat), stop by Savannah's Candy Kitchen, get to know the fascinating history of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, and then see the interesting displays at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nashville trip planning site .

You can fly from Saint Louis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Charlotte.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
Savannah's Candy Kitchen ©
Savannah's Candy Kitchen

1
night
Charlotte

Charlotte ©
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.
On the 14th (Sun), admire all the interesting features of Kings Mountain National Military Park.

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Fly from Nashville to Charlotte in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kings Mountain National Military Park, Carolina Raptor Center
Highlights from your plan
Kings Mountain National Military Park ©
Carolina Raptor Center ©
Carolina Raptor Center
Foundation For The Carolinas ©
Foundation For The Carolinas

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