32 days in Continental USA Itinerary

32 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
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Coeur d'Alene
— 1 night
Drive
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Boise
— 1 day
Fly
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Seattle, WA - Grand Hyatt, Ferry to Friday Harbor
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 day
Ferry
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Seattle
— 4 nights
Drive
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Portland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bend
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Glacier National Park

— 5 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.
On the 3rd (Mon), hike the day away at Highline Trail. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, explore the activities along Swiftcurrent Falls, hike along Avalanche Lake, and take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip tool.

Charlotte to Glacier National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Charlotte in August: highs in Glacier National Park hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Coeur d'Alene.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Coeur d'Alene

— 1 night
Coeur d'Alene is the largest city and county seat of Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): wander the wide-open spaces of Seven Stars Alpaca Ranch, identify plant and animal life at Tubbs Hill Nature Trails, and then explore the activities along Coeur d'Alene Lake.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Coeur d'Alene travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Coeur d'Alene takes 6 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Glacier National Park to Coeur d'Alene due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Glacier National Park in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 55°F in Coeur d'Alene. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Boise.

Things to do in Coeur d'Alene

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Boise

— 1 day

City of Trees

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 8th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at World Center For Birds of Prey, then contemplate the long history of Old Idaho Penitentiary, and then stroll through Boise River Greenbelt.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Boise road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Coeur d'Alene to Boise takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Coeur d'Alene in August; daily highs in Boise reach 91°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Boise

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Mount Rainier National Park

— 2 nights
The star attraction of Mt.
On the 9th (Sun), appreciate the views at Paradise Valley, then trek along Skyline Trail, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Nisqually River, then delve into the lush surroundings at Grove of the Patriarchs, and then hike along Paradise Loop.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mount Rainier National Park visit planning tool.

Getting from Boise to Mount Rainier National Park by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Boise to Mount Rainier National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Boise in August, expect Mount Rainier National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 80°F and 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

— 1 day
The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): view the masterpieces at WaterWorks Gallery, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Friday Harbor journey builder site.

Getting from Mount Rainier National Park to Friday Harbor by combination of shuttle and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Friday Harbor: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Seattle

— 4 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.
Family-friendly places like Chihuly Garden and Glass and Pike Place Market will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium, take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and stroll around Volunteer Park Conservatory.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Seattle trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Friday Harbor to Seattle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Friday Harbor in August; daily highs in Seattle reach 80°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trip

Portland

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Portland Timbers and Portland Japanese Garden will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Portland to Bridal Veil to see Multnomah Falls about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, hike along Forest Park, stop by Powell's City of Books, and explore the engaging exhibits at Portland Children's Museum.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Portland trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Seattle to Portland by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Bend.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bend

— 2 nights
An old logging town at the crux of the high desert and ponderosa pine forest, Bend melds a love of the outdoors with cosmopolitan flair.
On the 19th (Wed), see the interesting displays at High Desert Museum and then explore the striking landscape at Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Smith Rock State Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Deschutes River, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bend trip planner.

Traveling by car from Portland to Bend takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Portland in August since evenings lows in Bend dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Bend

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

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Traveling by car from Bend to San Francisco takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Bend in August, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 3 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.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disney California Adventure Park about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in August, with highs in Los Angeles at 84°F and lows at 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Diego

— 4 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Family-friendly places like SeaWorld San Diego and Cabrillo National Monument will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center, enjoy some diversion at Balboa Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cabrillo Tide Pools.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Diego day trip planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (78°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

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.

Idaho travel guide

4.6
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Waterfalls
The Gem State
The mountainous state of Idaho houses some of the country's largest stretches of unspoiled nature. There are plenty of opportunities for adventurous holidays here, with rapids, canyons, snow-capped mountains, expansive lakes, and waterfalls higher than Niagara Falls. Those on vacation with access to a car can enjoy some of the most scenic drives in the nation while traversing Idaho's rugged landscape. Boise, the state's capital and most populous city, provides cultural attractions such as museums, galleries, and theater. The students of Boise State University contribute to the city's vibrant and growing nightlife scene.

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Museums · 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

4.5
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.