24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

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24 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Harrisburg
Drive:  18​h 30​min
1
Omaha
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Lincoln
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Boise
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Portland
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
8
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
9
Glacier National Park
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
10
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h
12
Custer
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
13
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
14
Fargo
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
15
Duluth
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
16
Minneapolis
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
17
Madison
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
18
Milwaukee
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  6​h
End: Harrisburg

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Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): enjoy some music at Henry Doorly Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center, then take an in-depth tour of The Durham Museum, and finally snap pictures at Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Omaha itinerary maker tool .

Harrisburg to Omaha is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Harrisburg to Omaha due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lincoln.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Henry Doorly Zoo ©
Henry Doorly Zoo
The Durham Museum ©
The Durham Museum
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge ©
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

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Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Sunken Gardens and then examine the collection at Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lincoln trip maker .

Traveling by car from Omaha to Lincoln takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Lincoln

Museums Parks

Side Trip

Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sunken Gardens ©
Sunken Gardens

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San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
On the 13th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Diego online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Lincoln to San Diego in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lincoln to San Diego due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Lincoln, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier and then find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. October in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, then don't miss a visit to Book Passage, then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and finally stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in October, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Boise.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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Boise

Boise ©
From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 18th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at World Center For Birds of Prey, then have some family-friendly fun at Boise Escape, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Boise River Greenbelt, and finally ponder the world of politics at Idaho State Capitol Building.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Boise trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Boise takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Boise, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, Boise is a bit cooler than San Francisco - with highs of 67°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Boise

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Boise Escape ©
Boise Escape
Boise River Greenbelt ©
Boise River Greenbelt
World Center For Birds of Prey ©
World Center For Birds of Prey

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Portland

Portland ©
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.
On the 19th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, steep yourself in history at Pittock Mansion, then stop by Powell's City of Books, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Portland online day trip planner .

Fly from Boise to Portland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Boise in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Portland, with lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Lan Su Chinese Garden ©
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden

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Seattle

Seattle ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, then view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip planner .

Getting from Portland to Seattle by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. October in Seattle sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Highline Trail and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grinnell Glacier.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Glacier National Park online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Seattle to Glacier National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Seattle to Glacier National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in October, expect Glacier National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 56°F and 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, trails, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley, and trek along Artist Point.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Glacier National Park in October, expect Yellowstone National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 47°F and 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mammoth Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Hot Springs
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
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.
On the 25th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Glacier View Turnout, cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, and then identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Teton National Park road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Grand Teton National Park, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Glacier View Turnout ©
Glacier View Turnout

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Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then cruise along Iron Mountain Road.

Find out how to plan Custer trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Grand Teton National Park to Custer in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in October since evenings lows in Custer dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, cruise along Loop Road, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Badlands National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Custer to Badlands National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Custer in October, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be about the same, around 36°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Fargo.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Scenic Drive Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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Fargo

Fargo ©
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Bonanzaville USA, learn more about the world around you at Red River Zoo, and then take an in-depth tour of Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fargo online trip maker .

Getting from Badlands National Park to Fargo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Badlands National Park in October, you will find days in Fargo are little chillier (59°F), and nights are about the same (38°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Fargo

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County
Highlights from your plan
Red River Zoo ©
Red River Zoo

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Duluth

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
On the 29th (Tue), take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk, then snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Duluth trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Fargo to Duluth in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Duluth can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Duluth

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge

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Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
On the 30th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, don't miss a visit to Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, then have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game, and finally stroll around Minnehaha Park.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis attractions planner .

Drive from Duluth to Minneapolis in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Minneapolis are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Madison.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

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Madison

Madison ©
Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Henry Vilas Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, then get a sense of history and politics at Wisconsin State Capitol, and finally make a trip to Capitol Square.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Madison online trip maker .

Fly from Minneapolis to Madison in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October, daytime highs in Madison are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Madison

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Olbrich Botanical Gardens ©
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Wisconsin State Capitol ©
Wisconsin State Capitol
Henry Vilas Zoo ©
Henry Vilas Zoo

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Milwaukee

Milwaukee ©
Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Mitchell Gallery of Flight, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lakefront Brewery, then explore the world behind art at Milwaukee Art Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of St. Josaphat, and finally examine the collection at Harley-Davidson Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Milwaukee travel route planner .

Getting from Madison to Milwaukee by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Milwaukee are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Harley-Davidson Museum ©
Harley-Davidson Museum
Basilica of St. Josaphat ©
Basilica of St. Josaphat
Milwaukee Art Museum ©
Milwaukee Art Museum

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