23 days in Continental USA Itinerary

23 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Medora
— 4 nights
Drive
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Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive
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Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive
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Custer
— 4 nights
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lincoln
— 2 nights
Drive
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Omaha
— 2 nights
Drive
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Overland Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Wichita
— 3 nights

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Medora — 4 nights

Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at South Unit. Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Painted Canyon Overlook, take an in-depth tour of Harold Schafer Heritage Center, take some stellar pictures from Badlands Overlook, and steep yourself in history at Chateau de Mores State Historic Site.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Medora trip itinerary builder website.

Los Angeles to Medora is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect little chillier with lows of 55°F in Medora. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
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Deadwood — 2 nights

Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 8th (Fri), appreciate the history behind Tatanka: Story of the Bison, then look for gifts at Deadwood Distilling Company Shop, then take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, and finally admire all the interesting features of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Adams House, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Broken Boot Gold Mine, and then get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Deadwood holiday planning app.

Drive from Medora to Deadwood in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Deadwood are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Keystone.
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Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Keystone — 2 nights

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine, get to know the fascinating history of Holy Terror Mini Golf, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and finally hike along Presidential Trail.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Keystone holiday planner.

You can drive from Deadwood to Keystone in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Deadwood in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Keystone, with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Custer.
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Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Custer — 4 nights

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Step out of Custer with an excursion to The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs in Hot Springs--about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and Head underground at Jewel Cave National Monument.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Custer driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Keystone to Custer takes an hour. In July, daytime highs in Custer are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.
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Side Trips

Badlands National Park — 2 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.
On the 15th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from Custer to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Custer in July; daily highs in Badlands National Park reach 91°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can fly to Lincoln.
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Lincoln — 2 nights

Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. Step out of Lincoln with an excursion to Eugene T. Mahoney State Park in Ashland--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of American Speed, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari, take in nature's colorful creations at Sunken Gardens, and get a sense of history and politics at Nebraska State Capitol.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lincoln trip planner.

You can fly from Badlands National Park to Lincoln in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Lincoln. Traveling from Badlands National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lincoln, with lows of 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Omaha.
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Side Trip

Omaha — 2 nights

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
On the 20th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at The Durham Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Henry Doorly Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): explore the world behind art at Joslyn Art Museum, then take in the views from Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, and then shop like a local with Old Market.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Omaha trip builder app.

Getting from Lincoln to Omaha by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In July, daytime highs in Omaha are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Overland Park.
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Overland Park — 1 night

Overland Park is the second most populous city in the U.S. state of Kansas. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, and then cool off at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Overland Park road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Omaha to Overland Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Wichita.
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Wichita — 3 nights

Get out of town with these interesting Wichita side-trips: Hutchinson (Cosmosphere & Strataca).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Wichita road trip app.

Traveling by car from Overland Park to Wichita takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Wichita, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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North Dakota travel guide

4.5
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.
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South Dakota travel guide

4.3
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.
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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.
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Kansas travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Zoos · Entertainment Centers
The Sunflower State
Generally considered the geographical center of the country, Kansas is a state rich in history, having served as home to diverse Native American tribes for thousands of years before European settlement. Once called "Bleeding Kansas" because of violent clashes between abolitionists and pro-slavery settlers, Kansas now carries the nickname the "Sunflower State," earned because of its massive production of sunflowers, corn, wheat, and sorghum. In addition to agriculture, the state is also known as an aviation hub. Sightseeing is easy, as wide-open spaces dominate the landscape of the western two-thirds of the state, which includes some of the only remaining native tallgrass prairie in the nation. Eastern Kansas contains rolling hills and most of the major cities, which draw tourism with their lively art, nightlife, and music scenes.
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