37 days in Continental USA Itinerary

37 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner

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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Denver
— 5 nights
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Rapid City
— 4 nights
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Bismarck
— 1 night
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Omaha
— 3 nights
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Moab
— 6 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 4 nights
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Big Sky
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Jackson Hole
— 4 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 4 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.
Visiting North Cheyenne Canon Park and The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure will get you outdoors. Visit Old Colorado City and Glen Eyrie Castle for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Cañon City (Royal Gorge Helitours, Skyline Drive, &more) and Divide (Mueller State Park & Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, walk around Garden of the Gods, and explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

Los Angeles to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles to Colorado Springs, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in November: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 55°F and lows are around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Denver

— 5 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 some historical perspective at Dinosaur Ridge and Molly Brown House Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and National Ballpark Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Keystone Ski Area (in Keystone), Estes Park (Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, Spas, &more) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Bear Lake & Many Parks Curve Overlook). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, sample the tasty concoctions at Odell Brewing Company, and explore the world behind art at Gregory Allicar Museum of Art at Colorado State University.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Denver planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In November, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Rapid City.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trips

Rapid City

— 4 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.
Visiting Presidential Trail and Needles Eye Tunnel will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mount Moriah Cemetery and Prairie Berry Winery. Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park), Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Black Hills Helicopters) and Custer (Iron Mountain Road & Sylvan Lake). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, and get a taste of the local shopping with Suzie Cappa Art Center.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read our Rapid City tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Denver to Rapid City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Denver in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 35°F by day to 16°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Bismarck

— 1 night
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): stop by North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, get a sense of history and politics at North Dakota State Capitol Building, and then let little ones run wild at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bismarck trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Bismarck takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to Bismarck due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rapid City in December, things will get little chillier in Bismarck: highs are around 26°F and lows about 7°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Omaha.

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trip

Omaha

— 3 nights

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum of American Speed and Joslyn Art Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Durham Museum and Old Market. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Omaha: Nebraska State Capitol (in Lincoln) and Cellar 426 Winery (in Ashland). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Henry Doorly Zoo, and snap pictures at Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Omaha trip itinerary tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bismarck to Omaha. Traveling from Bismarck in December, expect Omaha to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°F and 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Moab.

Things to do in Omaha

Museums · Parks · Nightlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Moab

— 6 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Delicate Arch and Windows. Step out of the city life by going to Corona Arch and Island in the Sky. Venture out of the city with trips to Canyonlands National Park (Shafer Trail & Mesa Arch) and Arches National Park (Devils Garden Trailhead, Tunnel Arch, &more). There's lots more to do: take the plunge with Skydive Moab, hike along Grandstaff Canyon Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Balanced Rock Trail, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Fiend.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Moab online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Omaha to Moab in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Omaha to Moab, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Omaha in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°F in Moab. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Moab

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Salt Lake City

— 4 nights

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.
Historic 25th Street and Salt Lake Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hill Aerospace Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Salt Lake City: Park City (Fatali Gallery, Spas, &more), Union Station (in Ogden) and Backcountry Snowmobiling (in Coalville). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Tabernacle, take in nature's colorful creations at Temple Square, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Madeleine.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Salt Lake City trip planner.

You can drive from Moab to Salt Lake City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Moab in December, Salt Lake City is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Big Sky.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sky

— 1 night
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. On the 24th (Thu), trek along Ousel Falls Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak, then stroll through Big Sky Resort, and finally relax and rejuvenate at OZssage Therapeutic Massage & Spa.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Big Sky trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Salt Lake City to Big Sky by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Salt Lake City in December: highs in Big Sky hover around 21°F, while lows dip to -1°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Big Sky

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Upper Geyser Basin and Hayden Valley. Step out of the city life by going to Yellowstone Lake and Mystic Falls Trail. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Elephant Back Mountain, get impressive views of Mud Volcano, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and explore the activities along Lehardy's Rapids.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sky to Yellowstone National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In December in Yellowstone National Park, expect temperatures between 23°F during the day and 3°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Jackson Hole

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of Wildlife Art and Jackson Hole Winery. Explore hidden gems such as Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools and Reel Deal Anglers. Step out of Jackson Hole to go to Alta and see Grand Targhee Ski Resort, which is approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Laurance Rockefeller Preserve, play a few rounds at Teton Pines Country Club, and get outside with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Jackson Hole day trip planning website.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°F in December, and nighttime lows around 7°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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.

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.

North Dakota travel guide

4.5
National Parks · History Museums · Performances
Geographic Center of the North American Continent
A primarily rural state, North Dakota is the ancient home of the Lakota tribe. Norwegian settlers once made up the European population, and one of the state's major attractions is the Norsk Høstfest, the largest Norwegian festival in the United States. The vast plains and never-ending sky inspire the many orchestras that call the state home. The spirituality of the music is second only to the spirituality of the people, as the state has the nation's highest percentage of churchgoing residents. The state's open fields are conducive to fishing, hunting, and winter activities.

Nebraska travel guide

4.6
Aquariums · Shopping · History Museums
The Cornhusker State
Situated in the heartland of America, Nebraska is home to a large number of small rural communities and masses of farmland. The state's two main cities, Omaha and Lincoln, are abuzz with youthful energy and cultural delights. Your itinerary can include a trip to the cities' museums to learn about the state's past, or tours of the area's important pioneer and Native American sites. The state's central location means that it has been crossed by many trails, but it was the California Gold Rush of 1848-1855 that originally brought large numbers of non-indigenous people to the area. Scenic river valleys offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor vacation activities, while Nebraska's agricultural towns charm visitors with their all-American spirit.

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.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · River Rafting & Tubing · History Museums
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.