21 days in Continental USA Itinerary

21 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Grand Teton National Park
— 4 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 1 night
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Coeur d'Alene
— 2 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
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Estes Park

— 1 night
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 1st (Wed), capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Estes Park trip builder app.

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from New York City to Estes Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Estes Park when traveling from New York City in September, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to fly to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy. On the next day, stop by Commonwheel Artists Co-op, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and finally examine the collection at U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Estes Park to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Grand Teton National Park

— 4 nights

Mountains of the Imagination

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Spend the 5th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Schwabacher Landing, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Sacred Heart, trek along Cascade Canyon Trail, and take a memorable drive along Signal Mountain Summit Road.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Teton National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Grand Teton National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Colorado Springs in September, expect Grand Teton National Park to be little chillier, temps between 68°F and 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Yellowstone National Park

— 6 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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Geyser, take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, and head outdoors with Morning Glory Pool.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in September; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 60°F and lows reach 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

West Yellowstone

— 1 night
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 15th (Wed), cast your line with a fishing tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to West Yellowstone in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Coeur d'Alene.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Coeur d'Alene

— 2 nights
Coeur d'Alene is the largest city and county seat of Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. On the 16th (Thu), look for gifts at KnitKnit, then contemplate the waterfront views at Coeur d'Alene Lake, then get a taste of life in the country at Seven Stars Alpaca Ranch, and finally stroll through Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Tubbs Hill Nature Trails, then grab your bike and head to North Idaho Centennial Trail, and then view the masterpieces at The Art Spirit Gallery.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Coeur d'Alene visit planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Coeur d'Alene takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from West Yellowstone in September, expect Coeur d'Alene to be somewhat warmer, temps between 72°F and 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Coeur d'Alene

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Glacier National Park

— 4 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: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, explore the activities along Fishercap Lake, explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, and take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Coeur d'Alene to Glacier National Park in 6 hours. Traveling from Coeur d'Alene to Glacier National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Coeur d'Alene in September since evenings lows in Glacier National Park dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.

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.