26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Coldwater
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Traverse City
— 3 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
3
Houghton
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Duluth
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Fargo
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Custer
— 4 nights
Drive:  10​h
9
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Missoula
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h
11
Boise
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
12
Spokane
— 2 nights
Drive:  29​h
End: Coldwater

3
nights
Traverse City

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery, then take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Old Mission Lighthouse, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then stop by American Spoon, and finally take a stroll through Front Street.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Traverse City vacation builder website .

Coldwater to Traverse City is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. In September in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Empire, Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Biddle House, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Caddywampus, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island vacation maker tool .

Getting from Traverse City to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. While traveling from Traverse City, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Houghton.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

2
nights
Houghton

Houghton ©
Houghton is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Nature Park, examine the collection at Mineral Museum of Michigan, then steep yourself in history at Quincy Mine, and finally admire the majestic nature at McLain State Park. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Silver Falls, then go deep underground at Adventure Mining Company, and then get your game on at Respawn Tactical Laser Tag.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Houghton trip maker site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mackinac Island to Houghton. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Houghton

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hancock, Lower Silver Falls, Adventure Mining Company
Highlights from your plan
Mineral Museum of Michigan ©
Mineral Museum of Michigan
Adventure Mining Company ©
Adventure Mining Company
Nara Nature Park ©
Nara Nature Park

2
nights
Duluth

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Gooseberry Falls State Park, then cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, and then take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk, then walk around Canal Park, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally walk around Enger Park and Tower.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Duluth trip maker tool .

Drive from Houghton to Duluth in 4.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. September in Duluth sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fargo.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Gooseberry Falls State Park
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge

1
night
Fargo

Fargo ©
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. On the 11th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Bonanzaville USA, then learn more about the world around you at Red River Zoo, and then examine the collection at Fargo Air Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Fargo route site .

Traveling by flight from Duluth to Fargo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Duluth in September, you will find days in Fargo are a bit warmer (74°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Wall.

Things to do in Fargo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug, admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Wall driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Fargo to Wall in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fargo in September: highs in Wall hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio, see the interesting displays at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, then get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Deadwood trip planner .

Getting from Wall to Deadwood by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Wall to Deadwood is 1 hour. Traveling from Wall in September, expect nights in Deadwood to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Tatanka: Story of the Bison ©
Tatanka: Story of the Bison
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

4
nights
Custer

Custer ©
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 Mammoth Site of Hot Springs in Hot Springs--about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Custer day trip tool .

You can drive from Deadwood to Custer in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to Custer is minus 1 hour. September in Custer sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Helena.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Bicycle Sculpture
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, then view the masterpieces at Archie Bray Foundation, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Helena road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Custer to Helena in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Helena are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Helena

Museums Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Montana Historical Society Museum ©
Montana Historical Society Museum
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena

1
night
Missoula

Missoula
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): gain insight at University of Montana and then see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Missoula road trip tool .

You can drive from Helena to Missoula in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Missoula can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Boise.

Things to do in Missoula

Museums
Highlights from your plan
University of Montana
University of Montana

2
nights
Boise

Boise ©
From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at World Center For Birds of Prey, then ponder the world of politics at Idaho State Capitol Building, then contemplate the long history of Old Idaho Penitentiary, and finally admire the natural beauty at Idaho Botanical Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Boise River Greenbelt, then walk around Kathryn Albertson Park, then test your team's savvy at Boise Escape, and finally look for gifts at Cinder Wines.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Boise trip planner .

Fly from Missoula to Boise in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Missoula in September, things will get a bit warmer in Boise: highs are around 79°F and lows about 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Spokane.

Things to do in Boise

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Cinder Wines
Highlights from your plan
Boise Escape ©
Boise Escape
Boise River Greenbelt ©
Boise River Greenbelt
Kathryn Albertson Park ©
Kathryn Albertson Park

2
nights
Spokane

Spokane ©
Spokane is a city located in the state of Washington in the northwestern United States. On the 23rd (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Coeur d'Alene Lake, then stroll around Riverfront Park, and then admire the natural beauty at Manito Park. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Monroe Street Bridge, then take in the dramatic scenery at Spokane Falls, and then stroll around Deer Park Road.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Spokane online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Boise to Spokane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boise to Spokane. When traveling from Boise in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Spokane, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Spokane

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Deer Park Road, Coeur d'Alene Lake
Highlights from your plan
Manito Park ©
Manito Park
Riverfront Park ©
Riverfront Park
Coeur d'Alene Lake ©
Coeur d'Alene Lake

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