21 days in Continental USA Itinerary

21 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Bismarck
— 1 night
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Teton National Park
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Rapid City
— 3 nights
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Badlands National Park

— 3 nights
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Badlands National Park and Badlands Wall. Attractions like Pinnacles Overlook and Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: hike along Saddle Pass Trail, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, look for gifts at Badlands Ranch Store, and explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook.

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Omaha to Badlands National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Omaha to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Omaha in June, Badlands National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Bismarck

— 1 night
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. On the 26th (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at North Dakota State Capitol Building and then explore the activities along Keelboat Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bismarck day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Bismarck takes 5 hours. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Bismarck, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. June in Bismarck sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Grinnell Glacier and McDonald Creek. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Iceberg Lake, take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall, and get outside with Swiftcurrent Pass Hike.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Bismarck to Glacier National Park with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bismarck to Glacier National Park. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Bismarck in June since evenings lows in Glacier National Park dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Jackson Hole

— 2 nights
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Explore hidden gems such as Teton Raptor Center and Solitude Excursions. Attractions like Wild Things of Wyoming and Wildlife Safari at Spring Creek Ranch - Private Trips make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: grab your bike and head to Game Creek Loop, don't miss a visit to Town Square, and get outside with Bridger Gondola.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Jackson Hole day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Jackson Hole takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Glacier National Park in July, with highs in Jackson Hole at 79°F and lows at 44°F. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Grand Teton National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire all the interesting features of 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Jackson Hole to Grand Teton National Park in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Grand Teton National Park are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as West Thumb Geyser Basin and Grand Loop Road. Family-friendly places like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Upper Geyser Basin will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, tour the pleasant surroundings at Observation Point Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Firehole River, and admire the sheer force of Gibbon Falls.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip planning app.

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Grand Teton National Park in July, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 73°F and lows at 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to fly to Rapid City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Rapid City

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Step off the beaten path and head to Storybook Island and Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. Kids will appreciate attractions like Museum of Geology and Dinosaur Museum. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, explore the stunning scenery at Canyon Lake Park, relax in the rural setting at Old MacDonald's Farm, and have fun at Cosmos Mystery Area.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City day trip planner.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Rapid City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Rapid City, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Fun & Games · Nature · Museums

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.

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.

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.

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.