19 days in Continental USA Itinerary

19 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route maker

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Medora
— 1 night
Drive to Bismarck, Fly to Minneapolis
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Minneapolis
— 1 night
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Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chicago
— 2 nights
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Cleveland
— 1 night
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Detroit
— 1 night
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Indianapolis
— 1 night
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Des Moines
— 1 night
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Omaha
— 1 night
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
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Boise
— 1 night
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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Moab
— 2 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Denver

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Medora

— 1 night
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. On the 2nd (Sun), contemplate the long history of Von Hoffman House and then take some stellar pictures from Badlands Overlook.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Medora trip planner.

Denver to Medora is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, Medora is a bit cooler than Denver - with highs of 80°F and lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Medora

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): cruise along Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, explore the activities along Chain of Lakes, then explore the activities along Lake of the Isles, and finally hike along Silverwood Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Minneapolis trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Medora to Minneapolis takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Medora in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Minneapolis, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Wisconsin Dells

— 2 nights

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 5th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Wisconsin Deer Park, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: make a splash at Noah's Ark Water Park and then have some family-friendly fun at Capones Old Time Pic. Studio.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Wisconsin Dells trip planning website.

You can drive from Minneapolis to Wisconsin Dells in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 59°F in Wisconsin Dells. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Theme Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 7th (Fri), enjoy breathtaking views from 360 Chicago Observation Deck, get interesting insight from Tours, then stroll around Millennium Park, and finally explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then take a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier, and then admire the striking features of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chicago trip itinerary site.

Drive from Wisconsin Dells to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Wisconsin Dells in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Chicago, with lows of 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Cleveland.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and then enjoy some diversion at Memphis Kiddie Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cleveland tour planner.

You can fly from Chicago to Cleveland in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Cleveland. August in Cleveland sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Detroit.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

Side 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): head outdoors with Miami Beach and then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Detroit route maker tool.

You can drive from Cleveland to Detroit in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. August in Detroit sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, then get in on the family fun at Indiana State Fairgrounds, and then hike along Sodalis Nature Park.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Indianapolis day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Detroit to Indianapolis takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Indianapolis can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks · Trails · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Des Moines

— 1 night
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 12th (Wed), grab your bike and head to Clive Greenbelt Trail, grab your bike and head to High Trestle Trail, and then get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Des Moines trip builder site.

Fly from Indianapolis to Des Moines in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Des Moines is minus 1 hour. August in Des Moines sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Omaha.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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 13th (Thu), have fun and explore at Omaha Children's Museum and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Henry Doorly Zoo.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Omaha online route planner.

Getting from Des Moines to Omaha by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Omaha can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Omaha

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Nightlife

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.
On the 15th (Sat), hike the day away at Highline Trail. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek, and appreciate the views at Logan Pass.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Omaha to Glacier National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Omaha to Glacier National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Omaha in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 48°F in Glacier National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Boise.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.
On the 17th (Mon), trek along Boise River Greenbelt, explore the stunning scenery at Snake River, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Boise River.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Boise travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Glacier National Park to Boise takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glacier National Park in August: high temperatures in Boise hover around 91°F and lows are around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Boise

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Salt Lake City

— 1 night

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon, make a splash at Cowabunga Bay, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City trip planning site.

Getting from Boise to Salt Lake City by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 19th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Moab trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Salt Lake City to Moab in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and car. In August in Moab, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.