23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner
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Ruby Valley
— 1 night
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Boise
— 2 nights
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Sun Valley
— 3 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
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Jackson Hole
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 5 nights
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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Ruby Valley — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ruby Mountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ruby Valley vacation builder site.

Reno to Ruby Valley is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. In December, Ruby Valley is slightly colder than Reno - with highs of 37°F and lows of 15°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Boise.
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Boise — 2 nights

City of Trees

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Explore hidden gems such as St. John's Cathedral and Boise Brew Bus. Take a break from the city and head to Hulls Gulch Nature Trail and Ridge to River Trail System. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Hyde Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Boise, and sample the tasty concoctions at Payette Brewing Company.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Boise attractions website.

You can drive from Ruby Valley to Boise in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Ruby Valley in December, Boise is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sun Valley.
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Sun Valley — 3 nights

Sun Valley is a resort city in Blaine County in central Idaho, in the western United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bald Mountain and The Nature Conservatory Silver Creek Preserve. Escape the urban bustle at Dollar Mountain and Fly Sun Valley. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Galena Summit, examine the collection at Wood River Valley Ore Wagon Museum, admire the natural beauty at Sawtooth Botanical Garden, and stroll the grounds of Ketchum Cemetery.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Sun Valley trip planner.

You can drive from Boise to Sun Valley in 3 hours. Traveling from Boise in December, things will get a bit cooler in Sun Valley: highs are around 31°F and lows about 15°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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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.
On the 9th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Firehole Canyon Drive, then take in the natural beauty of Fountain Paint Pot, and then explore the striking landscape at Biscuit Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then don't miss a visit to Petrified Tree.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sun Valley to Yellowstone National Park takes 6.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sun Valley in December; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 23°F and lows reach 3°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Grand Teton National Park.
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Grand Teton National Park — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Elk Ranch Flats Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Group, and then identify plant and animal life at Blacktail Ponds Overlook.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Teton National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°F in December, and nighttime lows around 7°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Jackson Hole.
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Jackson Hole — 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Made, indulge in some personalized pampering at Kate Newberry Massage, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady Of The Mountains, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Safari at Spring Creek Ranch - Private Trips. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Teton Raptor Center, do a tasting at Jackson Hole Winery, then fly down the slopes at Ski Butlers Jackson Hole, and finally take a tour by water with The Wyoming Guide Company.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Jackson Hole attractions planner.

Getting from Grand Teton National Park to Jackson Hole by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 26°F in December, and nighttime lows around 7°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Denver.
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Denver — 5 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Visit The International Church of Cannabis and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Frisco Adventure Park and Coca-Cola Tubing Hill. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Fraser Tubing Hill (in Fraser), Hotel de Paris Museum (in Georgetown) and Breckenridge (Carter Park & Blue River Sports). There's much more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Great Divide Brewing Co., walk around Washington Park, and see the interesting displays at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Jackson Hole to Denver in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, Denver is a bit warmer than Jackson Hole - with highs of 43°F and lows of 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Nashville.
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Nashville — 3 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Step off the beaten path and head to Smith Creek Moonshine and Rippa Villa. Get in touch with nature at Top Golf and Ohana Dive Co.. Get out of town with these interesting Nashville side-trips: Leiper's Fork Distillery (in Franklin) and Grinder's Switch Winery (in Centerville). Next up on the itinerary: sample the fine beverages at Tennessee Legend Distillery, see the interesting displays at National Museum of African American Music, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and don't miss a visit to The Rymer Gallery.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Denver to Nashville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver to Nashville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Denver in December: high temperatures in Nashville hover around 53°F and lows are around 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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United States travel guide

4.6
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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Idaho travel guide

4.5
River Rafting & Tubing · Zipline · Bodies of Water
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.
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Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · River Rafting & Tubing · Wildlife Areas
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.
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Colorado travel guide

4.5
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.
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