18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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Spokane
— 1 night
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Coeur d'Alene
— 1 night
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Missoula
— 2 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
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Butte
— 2 nights
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Helena
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Idaho Falls
— 1 night
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Portland
— 3 nights
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Spokane

— 1 night
Spokane is a city located in the state of Washington in the northwestern United States. On the 18th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Crosby House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Aloysius Church, and then grab your bike and head to Downtown Spokane. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Centennial Trail, take an in-depth tour of Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, and then stroll through Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Spokane route tool.

Bellevue to Spokane is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bellevue in July: highs in Spokane hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Coeur d'Alene.

Things to do in Spokane

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Coeur d'Alene

— 1 night
Coeur d'Alene is the largest city and county seat of Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at North Idaho Centennial Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tubbs Hill Nature Trails, and then explore the activities along Coeur d'Alene Lake.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Coeur d'Alene trip site.

Getting from Spokane to Coeur d'Alene by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. July in Coeur d'Alene sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Coeur d'Alene

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Trails

Missoula

— 2 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): stroll around Caras Park, find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula, then look for gifts at Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Lolo Peak Brewing. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, then sample the tasty concoctions at Big Sky Brewing, and then see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Missoula online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Coeur d'Alene to Missoula takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Coeur d'Alene to Missoula, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Missoula sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Glacier National Park

— 3 nights

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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hike along Grinnell Glacier, take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and explore the activities along Swiftcurrent Falls.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park planning app.

Drive from Missoula to Glacier National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In July, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Butte.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Butte

— 2 nights
Butte is a city in, and the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. On the 26th (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at Granite Mountain Memorial Overlook, take an in-depth tour of Copper King Mansion, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Berkeley Pit. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at MBMG Mineral Museum, steep yourself in history at Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, and then sample the fine beverages at Headframe Spirits.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Butte travel app.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Butte in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and car. In July, daily temperatures in Butte can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Butte

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Helena

— 1 night
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, then take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Helena trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Butte to Helena by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Butte in July; daily highs in Helena reach 89°F and lows reach 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Helena

Nature · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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.
Kids will enjoy Old Faithful and Firehole Canyon Drive. Visit Uncle Tom's Trail and S Rim Trail for their historical value. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, contemplate the waterfront views at Lehardy's Rapids, admire the sheer force of Undine Falls, and trek along Osprey Falls Trail.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park holiday planning site.

Drive from Helena to Yellowstone National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, car, and shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helena in July; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 73°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Idaho Falls.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Idaho Falls

— 1 night
Idaho Falls is a city in and the county seat of Bonneville County, Idaho, United States, and is the largest city in Eastern Idaho. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Idaho Falls Zoo, see the interesting displays at Idaho Potato Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Idaho.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Idaho Falls route planner.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Idaho Falls by car takes about 4 hours. In July, Idaho Falls is somewhat warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 88°F and lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Portland.

Things to do in Idaho Falls

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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.
Family-friendly places like Powell's City of Books and International Rose Test Garden will thrill your kids. Museum-lovers will appreciate Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Portland Art Museum. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, appreciate the extensive heritage of Eastbank Esplanade, meet the residents at Oregon Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Movie Madness Video and More.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Portland road trip planner.

Drive from Idaho Falls to Portland in 10.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Idaho Falls to Portland. Traveling from Idaho Falls in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 60°F in Portland. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Portland

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
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.