37 days in Continental USA Itinerary

37 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner

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Fargo
— 5 nights
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Rapid City
— 8 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
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Jackson Hole
— 8 nights
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Fargo

— 5 nights
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Get in touch with nature at Sheyenne National Grasslands and Rose Creek Golf Course. Discover out-of-the-way places like Maple River Winery and Drekker Brewing Company. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fargo: Grand Forks (King's Walk Golf Course & Widman's Candy Shop), Dakota Magic Casino (in Hankinson) and Jamestown (National Buffalo Museum & Jamestown Speedway). There's lots more to do: get a taste of local nightlife at The Windbreak, take an in-depth tour of Fargo Air Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at West Acres Shopping Center, and tee off at Edgewood Golf.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fargo travel planner.

Los Angeles to Fargo is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in November, with highs in Fargo at 40°F and lows at 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Fargo

Outdoors · Golf · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trips

Rapid City

— 8 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 Wind Cave National Park and Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway and Hart Ranch Golf Course. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Spearfish (D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Crow Peak Brewing Company), Deadwood (Adams Museum & Stress Relief Massage of Deadwood) and Black Hills National Forest (in Custer). Spend the 5th (Sat) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars, hike along Presidential Trail, pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and stroll through Rankin Ridge Nature Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Fargo to Rapid City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fargo to Rapid City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Fargo in December; daily highs in Rapid City reach 35°F and lows reach 16°F. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Swiftcurrent Falls and Avalanche Lake. Step out of the city life by going to Lake McDonald and Iceberg Lake. On the 11th (Fri), hike the day away at Highline Trail. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of St.Mary Falls, get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall, hike along Trail of the Cedars, and get outside with Swiftcurrent Pass Hike.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Rapid City to Glacier National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Rapid City in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Glacier National Park: temperatures range from 29°F by day to 16°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

West Yellowstone

— 3 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ousel Falls Trail and OZssage Therapeutic Massage & Spa. Visiting Yellowstone River and Earthquake Lake will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting West Yellowstone side-trips: Big Sky (Big Sky Resort & Lone Peak). It doesn't end there: cast your line with a fishing tour and look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip planner.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to West Yellowstone in 7.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Glacier National Park in December; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 21°F and lows reach -1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 7 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mystic Falls Trail and Old Gardiner Road. Visiting Lamar Valley and Elephant Back Mountain will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Mud Volcano, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, admire the sheer force of Tower Fall, and take some stellar pictures from Lookout Point.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Yellowstone National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. 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 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Jackson Hole

— 8 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools and Laurance Rockefeller Preserve. Visiting Reel Deal Anglers and Teton Pass will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Jackson Hole: Grand Targhee Ski Resort (in Alta), Murie Centre (in Moose) and Grand Teton National Park (Grand Teton, Cathedral Group, &more). There's lots more to do: tee off at Teton Pines Country Club, do a tasting at Jackson Hole Winery, shop like a local with Mangelsen Images of Nature, and whizz through the canopy at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Jackson Hole driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°F in December, and nighttime lows around 7°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

North Dakota travel guide

4.6
National Parks · History Museums · Historic Sites
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.

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.

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.

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.