28 days in Continental USA Itinerary

28 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

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Cleveland
— 1 night
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Minneapolis, Shuttle to Duluth
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Duluth
— 1 night
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Custer
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 2 nights
Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 3 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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West Yellowstone
— 1 night
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Seattle
— 2 nights
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Portland
— 2 nights
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Newport
— 2 nights
Drive to North Bend, Fly to San Francisco
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Springfield
— 1 day
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Chicago
— 2 nights
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Cleveland

— 1 night

Forest City

A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
On the 17th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Dr. Bob's Gravesite.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cleveland trip planner.

Philadelphia to Cleveland is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Philadelphia, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cleveland, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mackinac Island holiday builder site.

Getting from Cleveland to Mackinac Island by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, Mackinac Island is little chillier than Cleveland - with highs of 58°F and lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Duluth

— 1 night

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge and then immerse yourself in nature at Gooseberry Falls State Park. On your second day here, walk around Canal Park, cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, and then visit a coastal fixture at Split Rock Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Duluth itinerary planning app.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Duluth by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mackinac Island to Duluth. Traveling from Mackinac Island in May, expect nights in Duluth to be about the same, around 40°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Custer.

Things to do in Duluth

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trip

Custer

— 2 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore and take pictures at Wildlife Loop Road, then get a new perspective on nature at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, and then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Hills National Forest and then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Custer itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Duluth to Custer by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Duluth to Custer due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Duluth in May: highs in Custer hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can fly to Denver.

Things to do in Custer

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Denver

— 2 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.
On the 24th (Sun), look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

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Traveling by flight from Custer to Denver takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Custer in May, expect Denver to be somewhat warmer, temps between 66°F and 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Adventure · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Visiting Dead Horse Point State Park and Mesa Arch will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Canyonlands National Park and River Rafting & Tubing. There's more to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Moab trip planner.

Getting from Denver to Moab by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Denver in May, expect Moab to be somewhat warmer, temps between 76°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Moab

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Salt Lake City

— 1 night

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
On the 29th (Fri), get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Utah, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Tabernacle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Temple Square, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salt Lake Temple.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Moab to Salt Lake City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and train. May in Salt Lake City sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

West Yellowstone

— 1 night
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Salt Lake City to West Yellowstone takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Salt Lake City, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in West Yellowstone, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Seattle.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

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.
On the 31st (Sun), see the interesting displays at Museum of Pop Culture, view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Pike Place Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then walk around Kerry Park, and then hike along Snoqualmie Falls.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Seattle itinerary planner.

Fly from West Yellowstone to Seattle in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, car, and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in May: highs in Seattle hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Portland

— 2 nights

City of Roses

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): examine the collection at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, appreciate the views at Willamette Valley, and then take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Pittock Mansion, admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, then take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls, and finally look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Portland online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Portland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Newport.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Newport

— 2 nights
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, then visit a coastal fixture at Heceta Head Lighthouse, and then take in the waterfront at Newport's Historic Bayfront. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Yaquina Head Lighthouse, then stroll through Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and then trek along Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Newport tour itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Portland to Newport takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Portland in June, with highs in Newport at 61°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Twin Peaks. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and SoMa. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Tenderloin Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Newport to San Francisco takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Newport - with highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

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 9th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park and then examine the collection at GRAMMY Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip builder site.

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 79°F and lows are around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Springfield.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Springfield

— 1 day

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
On the 11th (Thu), get your bearings at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Springfield trip planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Springfield in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Springfield is 2 hours. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Springfield, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Historic Sites

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 12th (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Michigan, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then walk around Millennium Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower. On your second day here, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fourth Presbyterian Church.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago journey planning site.

Traveling by flight from Springfield to Chicago takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Ohio travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Casinos · Water Parks
The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.

Michigan travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.

Minnesota travel guide

4.4
Room Escape Games · History Museums · Shopping Malls
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
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.

Colorado travel guide

4.3
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.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

Montana travel guide

4.7
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Galleries · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.

Oregon travel guide

4.4
Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Illinois travel guide

4.4
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.