23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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Madison
— 1 night
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Fargo
— 1 night
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Medora
— 3 nights
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West Glacier
— 4 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
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Jackson Hole
— 4 nights
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Rapid City
— 5 nights
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Madison — 1 night

The City of Four Lakes

Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
On the 4th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Livsreise Norwegian Heritage Center.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Madison online visit planner.

Hodgenville to Madison is an approximately 8-hour car ride. The time zone difference when traveling from Hodgenville to Madison is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Hodgenville in August, Madison is a bit cooler at night with lows of 60°F. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fargo.
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Fargo — 1 night

Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Bluestem Prairie Preserve.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fargo journey planner.

You can drive from Madison to Fargo in 8.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Fargo are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Tue) before leaving for Medora.
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Medora — 3 nights

Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Von Hoffman House. On your second day here, hike along Caprock-Coulee Trail, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, then stop by Prairie Fire Pottery, then get to know the fascinating history of Painted Canyon Overlook, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at South Unit.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Medora trip planning app.

Getting from Fargo to Medora by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Fargo to Medora is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fargo in August, Medora is slightly colder at night with lows of 50°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for West Glacier.
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West Glacier — 4 nights

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Avalanche Lake and Grinnell Glacier. Explore West Glacier's surroundings by going to Glacier National Park (Going-to-the-Sun Road & Iceberg Lake). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Glacier National Park, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Glacier Distilling Company, look for gifts at Willow's HuckleberryLand, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the West Glacier online route maker.

Getting from Medora to West Glacier by car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in West Glacier, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 48°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Tue) before leaving for West Yellowstone.
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West Yellowstone — 4 nights

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at West Thumb Geyser Basin and Yellowstone River. Explore West Yellowstone's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Gardiner), Jenny Lake Trail (in Grand Teton National Park) and Yellowstone National Park (Uncle Tom's Trail, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, &more).

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our West Yellowstone trip planning tool.

You can drive from West Glacier to West Yellowstone in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from West Glacier in August, expect West Yellowstone to be a bit cooler, temps between 75°F and 37°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Jackson Hole.
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Jackson Hole — 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Biscuit Basin and St. John's Episcopal Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jackson Hole: Grand Teton National Park (Grand Teton, Jackson Lake, &more), Mormon Row Historic District (in Moose) and Castle Geyser (in Yellowstone National Park). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Oxbow Bend, snap pictures at Snake River Bridge, make a trip to Antler Arches of Jackson, and view the masterpieces at Hines Goldsmiths.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Jackson Hole vacation tool.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Jackson Hole takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in August, Jackson Hole is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 43°F. On the 21st (Wed), you're off to Rapid City.
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Rapid City — 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Black Elk Peak and Pinnacles Overlook. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Needles Eye Tunnel, &more), Badlands National Park (Loop Road, Big Badlands Overlook, &more) and Native American Educational and Cultural Center (in Crazy Horse). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum of Geology, get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, and pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City driving holiday tool.

Getting from Jackson Hole to Rapid City by car takes about 11 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Jackson Hole in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rapid City, with lows of 60°F. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
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United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
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.
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