21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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Lincoln
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Sioux Falls
— 1 night
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Keystone
— 2 nights
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Rapid City
— 1 night
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Billings
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Great Falls
— 1 night
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Seattle
— 1 day
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Portland
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 1 day
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Vallejo
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
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Teec Nos Pos
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Mesa Verde National Park
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Lincoln

Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. Plan a trip to Lincoln easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Delta to Lincoln is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Lincoln are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. On the 12th (Sun), you'll travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Lincoln

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Nightlife

Sioux Falls

— 1 night
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, then explore the engaging exhibits at Stockyards Ag Experience, and then learn more about the world around you at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sioux Falls trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Lincoln to Sioux Falls takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Lincoln in September, plan for little chillier days in Sioux Falls, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Keystone

— 2 nights

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
On the 13th (Mon), take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, then stroll through Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and finally examine the collection at National Presidential Wax Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Rush Mountain Adventure Park and then stop by Goodtyme Photo.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Keystone trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Sioux Falls to Keystone in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sioux Falls to Keystone due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sioux Falls in September, things will get slightly colder in Keystone: highs are around 71°F and lows about 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Keystone

Theme Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Rapid City

— 1 night

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 15th (Wed), view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, take an in-depth tour of South Dakota Air and Space Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Pawnseum, and finally make a trip to Dinosaur Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City day trip website.

Rapid City is just a stone's throw from Keystone. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rapid City when traveling from Keystone in September, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Billings.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Shopping

Billings

Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. On the 16th (Thu), get to know the resident critters at ZooMontana and then admire the majestic nature at Pictograph Cave State Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Billings trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Billings takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. September in Billings sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Billings

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Beryl Spring, take in the awesome beauty at Old Gardiner Road, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Mammoth Hot Springs, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Roaring Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at West Thumb Geyser Basin and then take in the awesome beauty at Elephant Back Mountain.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip maker website.

Getting from Billings to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Billings in September, things will get little chillier in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 60°F and lows about 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Great Falls

— 1 night
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 19th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at River's Edge Trail, and then admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Great Falls day trip planning site.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Great Falls in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, with highs in Great Falls at 71°F and lows at 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Seattle

— 1 day

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
On the 20th (Mon), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seattle Aquarium, then don't miss a visit to Space Needle, then view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally shop like a local with Pike Place Market.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Great Falls to Seattle takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Great Falls to Seattle. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Great Falls in September since evenings lows in Seattle dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Portland

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, then don't miss a visit to Pittock Mansion, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Oregon Zoo.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Portland sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Seattle to Portland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Portland are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Portland

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums · Shopping

San Francisco

— 1 day

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel route planner.

Fly from Portland to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in San Francisco sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Vallejo.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Vallejo

— 4 nights
Vallejo is a waterfront port city in Solano County, California, located in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. Explore Vallejo's surroundings by going to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Jack London State Historic Park (in Glen Ellen) and Sebastopol (Bohemian Creamery & Patrick Amiot). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 23rd (Thu) at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. There's much more to do: stroll around Sonoma Plaza, look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and get engrossed in the history at Mare Island Historic Park Foundation.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Vallejo trip planning site.

Drive from San Francisco to Vallejo in an hour. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Vallejo, with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Vallejo

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Los Angeles

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start your trip to Los Angeles by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Vallejo to Los Angeles in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vallejo in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 66°F. You'll set off for Las Vegas on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife

Las Vegas

— 3 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Las Vegas is known for nightlife, shopping, and casinos. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strip, and enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 93°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Grand Canyon National Park

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Las Vegas in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 75°F, while nights are colder with lows around 43°F. You'll set off for Teec Nos Pos on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Teec Nos Pos

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Teec Nos Pos trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Teec Nos Pos in 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 45°F. You will leave for Mesa Verde National Park on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Teec Nos Pos

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 30th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Park Point, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Balcony House, explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and finally trek along Petroglyph Point Hike.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Teec Nos Pos to Mesa Verde National Park takes 2 hours. In September in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.