29 days in United States Itinerary

29 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner
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Portland
— 3 nights
Fly to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport / Wold–Chamberlain Field, Drive to Elk River
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Elk River
— 5 nights
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Minneapolis
— 2 nights
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Kansas City
— 3 nights
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Vail
— 9 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Portland — 3 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother and George C. Marshall House. Visiting Oneonta Gorge and Volcano Lands - Private Tours will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Portland to Government Camp to see Trillium Lake about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: stop by Powell's City of Books, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Tabor Park, and hike along Forest Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Portland route maker site.

Brisbane, Australia to Portland is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Brisbane to Portland due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in December; daily highs in Portland reach 8°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Elk River.
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Elk River — 5 nights

Elk River is a city in Sherburne County, Minnesota, United States (U.S.), about 34 miles northwest of Minneapolis. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Blue Hill Trail and French Regional Park. Step out of the city life by going to Mahnomen Trail and Rice Lake National Refuge. Go for a jaunt from Elk River to Pine City to see Snake River Fur Post about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Oliver Kelley Farm, cool off at Wild Woods Water Park, trek along Elm Creek Singletrack Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Rum River.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Elk River attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Portland to Elk River with the Route module. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. While traveling from Portland, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Elk River, ranging from highs of -3°C to lows of -12°C. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Minneapolis.
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Minneapolis — 2 nights

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.
Ice Castles has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): make a trip to Ice Castles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Chain of Lakes and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Isles.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Minneapolis travel planner.

You can drive from Elk River to Minneapolis in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Minneapolis, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -15°C at night. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Kansas City.
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Kansas City — 3 nights

The city meets the Great Plains in Kansas City City, Kansas.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site and then steep yourself in history at Grinter Place State Historic Site.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kansas City trip builder.

Getting from Minneapolis to Kansas City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You will leave for Vail on the 9th (Mon).
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Vail — 9 nights

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Escape the urban bustle at Vail Mountain Resort and Vail / Beaver Creek Resort. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Room Escape Games and Vail Nordic Center. Get out of town with these interesting Vail side-trips: Breckenridge (Carter Park, Blue River Sports, &more), Ski Cooper (in Leadville) and Coca-Cola Tubing Hill (in Winter Park). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Adventure Ridge, examine the collection at Walking Mountains Science Center, visit Vail Valley, and grab your bike and head to Vail Recreation Path.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Vail road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Kansas City to Vail takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In January in Vail, expect temperatures between -4°C during the day and -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to fly to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 4 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Bay. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: West Cliff Drive (in Santa Cruz), Point Reyes Safaris (in Point Reyes Station) and Stanford University (in Palo Alto). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and enjoy the sea views from Fort Point.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco visit site.

You can fly from Vail to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Vail in January; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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United States travel guide

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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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Minnesota travel guide

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History Museums · Room Escape Games · 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.
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