31 days in Continental USA Itinerary

31 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Wichita
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
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Rapid City
— 3 nights
Fly to La Crosse, Train to Wisconsin Dells
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Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights
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Milwaukee
— 3 nights
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
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Detroit
— 2 nights
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Wichita

— 2 nights
Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Old Cowtown Museum, then make a trip to The Keeper of the Plains, and then stop by Nifty Nut House.

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Philadelphia to Wichita is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia to Wichita, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Philadelphia in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Wichita: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Wichita

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites

Colorado Springs

— 3 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Pack the 5th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Garden of the Gods, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, hike along Manitou Springs Incline, and deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

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You can fly from Wichita to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Wichita to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Wichita in October: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 67°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Denver

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Estes Park (Off-Road Tours & Spas). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

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Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In October in Denver, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Jackson Hole

— 2 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.
On the 10th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Grand Teton. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Taggart Lake, stroll through Cascade Canyon Trail, and then take a memorable drive along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

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You can fly from Denver to Jackson Hole in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Denver in October; daily highs in Jackson Hole reach 55°F and lows reach 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 5 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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, appreciate the extensive heritage of S Rim Trail, and admire the sheer force of Undine Falls.

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You can drive from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Jackson Hole in October, plan for little chillier days in Yellowstone National Park, with highs around 47°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Glacier National Park

— 2 nights

Crown of the Continent

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Iceberg Lake Trail and then take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier.

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Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, expect Glacier National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 56°F and 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Rapid City

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse), Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone) and Custer (Wildlife Loop Road & Iron Mountain Road). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars, and wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

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Traveling by flight from Glacier National Park to Rapid City takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Glacier National Park in October, things will get a bit warmer in Rapid City: highs are around 62°F and lows about 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trips

Wisconsin Dells

— 2 nights

Waterpark Capital of the World

Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Wollersheim Winery & Distillery, admire the striking features of Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center , and then identify plant and animal life at Spring Green Preserve. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at International Crane Foundation, immerse yourself in nature at Devil's Lake State Park, then stop by Baraboo Candy Company, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

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Traveling by combination of flight and train from Rapid City to Wisconsin Dells takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Rapid City to Wisconsin Dells, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. October in Wisconsin Dells sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Milwaukee

— 3 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Get out of town with these interesting Milwaukee side-trips: Holy Hill (in Hubertus) and Bookworm Gardens (in Sheboygan). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of St. Josaphat, examine the collection at Harley-Davidson Museum, get engrossed in the history at Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, and explore the world behind art at Milwaukee Art Museum.

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Drive from Wisconsin Dells to Milwaukee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 3 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

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.
Take a break from Traverse City with a short trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, relax in the rural setting at Buchan's Blueberry Hill, buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and do a tasting at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery.

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Traveling by flight from Milwaukee to Traverse City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Milwaukee to Traverse City is 1 hour. October in Traverse City sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Detroit

— 2 nights

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): examine the collection at Greenfield Village, contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Motor City Gas.

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Traveling by car from Traverse City to Detroit takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Detroit can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Kansas travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Zoos · Entertainment Centers
The Sunflower State
Generally considered the geographical center of the country, Kansas is a state rich in history, having served as home to diverse Native American tribes for thousands of years before European settlement. Once called "Bleeding Kansas" because of violent clashes between abolitionists and pro-slavery settlers, Kansas now carries the nickname the "Sunflower State," earned because of its massive production of sunflowers, corn, wheat, and sorghum. In addition to agriculture, the state is also known as an aviation hub. Sightseeing is easy, as wide-open spaces dominate the landscape of the western two-thirds of the state, which includes some of the only remaining native tallgrass prairie in the nation. Eastern Kansas contains rolling hills and most of the major cities, which draw tourism with their lively art, nightlife, and music scenes.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
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.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
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.

Montana travel guide

4.8
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
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.

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.

Wisconsin travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Zoos
The Badger State
Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" because of its status as the nation's most famous producer of milk and cheese. A growing favorite with foreign tourists, the state is a perfect holiday destination for nature lovers, offering year-round outdoor activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes and waterways alongside apple and cherry orchards, Wisconsin also offers numerous urban tourist attractions, its cities hosting renowned beer and art festivals each year.

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.