36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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Seattle
— 6 nights
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 5 nights
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Riggins
— 3 nights
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Stanley
— 4 nights
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Ketchum
— 4 nights
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Cooke City
— 2 nights
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Gardiner
— 3 nights
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Big Sky
— 3 nights
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Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Seattle — 6 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.
Dedicate the 22nd (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, see Seattle Art Museum, take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip itinerary planner.

Victoria, Canada to Seattle is an approximately 3.5-hour ferry ride. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Victoria in August; daily highs in Seattle reach 80°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mount Rainier National Park.
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Mount Rainier National Park — 5 nights

The star attraction of Mt.
Spend the 28th (Sun) wandering through the wild on Discover Nature. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Skyline Trail, hike along Mt. Fremont Lookout Trail, admire the sheer force of Comet Falls, and take in the awesome beauty at Paradise Valley.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mount Rainier National Park online driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Seattle to Mount Rainier National Park. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mount Rainier National Park when traveling from Seattle in August, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Riggins.
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Riggins — 3 nights

Riggins is a city in Idaho County, Idaho, United States. Explore Riggins' surroundings by going to Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area (in Grangeville) and Monastery of St Gertrude (in Cottonwood). The adventure continues: get interesting insight from River Adventures, explore the stunning scenery at Snake River Canyon Overlook, identify plant and animal life at Rapid River Fish Hatchery, and stroll around Riggins City Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Riggins vacation maker site.

Explore your travel options from Mount Rainier National Park to Riggins with the Route module. In August in Riggins, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Stanley.
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Stanley — 4 nights

Stanley is a town in Custer County, Idaho, United States. Stanley is known for adventure, nature, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see a world frozen in time at Bonanza and Custer Ghost Town, take an in-depth tour of Yankee Fork Gold Dredge, and contemplate the waterfront views at Stanley Lake.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Stanley road trip site.

You can drive from Riggins to Stanley in 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Riggins to Stanley is 1 hour. Traveling from Riggins in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Stanley, with lows of 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ketchum.
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Ketchum — 4 nights

Ketchum is a city in Blaine County, Idaho, United States, in the central part of the state. Venture out of the city with trips to Twin Falls (Perrine Bridge & Snake River Canyon Trail). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Sawtooth Wilderness Area, hike along Adam's Gulch Loop, stroll the grounds of Ketchum Cemetery, and explore the world behind art at Sun Valley Center for the Arts.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ketchum trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Stanley to Ketchum takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Stanley in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ketchum, with lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cooke City.
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Cooke City — 2 nights

Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. On the 11th (Sun), get great views at Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower, then explore and take pictures at Beartooth Hwy, and then cruise along Chief Joseph Hwy. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe, get engrossed in the history at Cooke City Montana Museum, then stroll through Clarks Fork Trail, and finally learn more about the world around you at Yellowstone Trading Post.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cooke City road trip planner.

Drive from Ketchum to Cooke City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, Cooke City is slightly colder than Ketchum - with highs of 60°F and lows of 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gardiner.
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Gardiner — 3 nights

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gardiner: Chico Hot Springs (in Pray) and Livingston (Pine Creek Trail & Yellowstone Guidelines). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, stop by Parks' Fly Shop, explore the activities along Yellowstone River, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Gardiner trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Cooke City to Gardiner by car takes about 2 hours. September in Gardiner sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Big Sky.
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Big Sky — 3 nights

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Explore Big Sky's surroundings by going to West Yellowstone (Fishing Charters & Tours, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, &more). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak, stroll through Ousel Falls Trail, and get interesting insight from Tours.

Planning Big Sky trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Drive from Gardiner to Big Sky in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. September in Big Sky sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Teton National Park.
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Grand Teton National Park — 2 nights

Mountains of the Imagination

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel of the Sacred Heart, take a memorable drive along Signal Mountain Summit Road, then cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, and finally hike along Jenny Lake Trail.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Teton National Park driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Big Sky to Grand Teton National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. Traveling from Big Sky in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Grand Teton National Park, with lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.
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Yellowstone National Park — 3 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 sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, get great views at Lookout Point, hike along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in September, things will get a bit cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 60°F and lows about 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
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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Idaho travel guide

4.5
River Rafting & Tubing · Zipline · Bodies of Water
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.
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Montana travel guide

4.7
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.
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Wyoming travel guide

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