19 days in Continental USA Itinerary

19 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

Make it your trip
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Denver
— 1 day
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 2 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Boise
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Boise
— 1 night
Fly
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Omaha
— 1 night
Drive
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Des Moines
— 1 night
Fly
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Detroit
— 1 night
Drive
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Cleveland
— 1 night
Drive
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Indianapolis
— 1 night
Drive
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Chicago
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wisconsin Dells
— 1 night
Drive
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Minneapolis
— 1 night
Fly to Bismarck, Drive to Medora
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Medora
— 1 night
Fly

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Denver

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and then view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Denver travel site.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Denver. In August in Denver, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
On the 3rd (Mon), stroll around Garden of the Gods, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs sightseeing planner.

Drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Arches National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): see the sky in a new way at RedRock Astronomy and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Moab day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Colorado Springs to Moab in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, expect Moab to be somewhat warmer, temps between 92°F and 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Boise.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Nature · Trails · Parks

Boise

— 1 night

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 6th (Thu): explore the activities along Snake River and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Boise River Greenbelt.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Boise online sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Moab to Boise in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August in Boise, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Boise

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek, trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, and admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park holiday maker website.

Fly from Boise to Glacier National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Boise in August; daily highs in Glacier National Park reach 83°F and lows reach 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Omaha.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Omaha

— 1 night

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 10th (Mon), observe the fascinating underwater world at Henry Doorly Zoo, take a stroll through Old Market, and then walk around Hitchcock Nature Center.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Omaha trip planner.

Fly from Glacier National Park to Omaha in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Glacier National Park to Omaha is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Glacier National Park in August since evenings lows in Omaha dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Des Moines.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Nightlife · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

Des Moines

— 1 night
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the landscape on two wheels at Clive Greenbelt Trail, then stroll through High Trestle Trail, and then ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Des Moines trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Omaha to Des Moines in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Des Moines

Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Detroit

— 1 night

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
On the 12th (Wed), learn more about the world around you at DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and then head outdoors with Miami Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Detroit trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Des Moines to Detroit takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Des Moines to Detroit due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cleveland.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Outdoors

Cleveland

— 1 night

Forest City

A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
On the 13th (Thu), explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and then let little ones run wild at Memphis Kiddie Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cleveland trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Detroit to Cleveland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trip

Indianapolis

— 1 night

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, then get in on the family fun at Indiana State Fairgrounds, and then explore the activities along Sodalis Nature Park.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Indianapolis trip itinerary website.

Drive from Cleveland to Indianapolis in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Nature · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Chicago

— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Bring the kids along to The Art Institute of Chicago and Lincoln Park Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Millennium Park, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and take a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago planner.

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August in Chicago, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): meet the residents at Wisconsin Deer Park, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Wisconsin Dells day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Chicago to Wisconsin Dells in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Chicago in August, expect little chillier with lows of 59°F in Wisconsin Dells. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Minneapolis

— 1 night

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.
On the 19th (Wed), explore the activities along Silverwood Park, explore the activities along Lake of the Isles, then contemplate the waterfront views at Chain of Lakes, and finally stroll through Grand Rounds Scenic Byway.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Minneapolis visit website.

You can drive from Wisconsin Dells to Minneapolis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Medora.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Medora

— 1 night
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Medora online tour itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Minneapolis to Medora in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Medora when traveling from Minneapolis in August, with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Medora

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.

Utah travel guide

4.7
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

Idaho travel guide

4.6
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Waterfalls
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.

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.

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.

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."

Michigan travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.

Ohio travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Casinos · Water Parks
The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.

Indiana travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.

Illinois travel guide

4.4
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.

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.

Minnesota travel guide

4.4
Shopping Malls · Room Escape Games · Entertainment Centers
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.

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.