39 days in Continental USA Itinerary

39 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Jackson Hole
— 6 nights
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Big Sky
— 3 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
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Cody
— 4 nights
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Rapid City
— 4 nights
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Medora
— 2 nights
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Bismarck
— 3 nights
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Fargo
— 4 nights
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Glacier National Park
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Jackson Hole

— 6 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.
Visiting Yellowstone Day Tours and Idaho Falls River Walk will get you outdoors. Museum of Idaho and Thal Glass Studio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Jackson Hole side-trips: Rexburg Idaho Temple (in Rexburg), Grand Teton Distillery (in Driggs) and Snake River Greenbelt (in Idaho Falls). On the 1st (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Grand Targhee Ski Resort. There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with Reel Deal Anglers, play a few rounds at Teton Pines Country Club, stroll through Teton Raptor Center, and sample the tasty concoctions at Grand Teton Brewing Company.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Jackson Hole trip planner.

Phoenix to Jackson Hole is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in November; daily highs in Jackson Hole reach 39°F and lows reach 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Big Sky.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Big Sky

— 3 nights
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Popular historic sites such as Earthquake Lake and The Soldiers Chapel are in your itinerary. Visiting Ousel Falls Trail and Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Big Sky to West Yellowstone to see Yellowstone Big Gun Fun about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lone Peak, take a pleasant ride with 320 Guest Ranch, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and relax and rejuvenate at OZssage Therapeutic Massage & Spa.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sky holiday tool.

You can drive from Jackson Hole to Big Sky in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, Big Sky is slightly colder than Jackson Hole - with highs of 21°F and lows of -1°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Visiting Mystic Falls Trail and Elephant Back Mountain will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Gardiner Road and Lehardy's Rapids. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, get outside with Bridge Bay Marina, and stroll through Yellowstone River Picnic Area.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Big Sky to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. December in Yellowstone National Park sees daily highs of 23°F and lows of 3°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cody.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Cody

— 4 nights

Preferred Gateway to Yellowstone

A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Buffalo Jump Winery, LLC and Heart Mountain Interpretive Center. Get in touch with nature at Historic Cody Mural and Museum and Beartooth Basin. Venture out of the city with trips to Meeteetse (Meeteetse Museums & Kirwin Ghost Town). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Cody Firearms Museum, get engrossed in the history at Old West Miniature Village and Museum, admire the masterpieces at Whitney Western Art Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Homesteader Museum.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cody trip planner.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Cody in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in December, with highs in Cody at 34°F and lows at 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to fly to Rapid City.

Things to do in Cody

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Firehouse Wine Cellars and Adams House. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chapel in the Hills and Prairie Homestead. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center (in Belle Fourche), Black Hills Helicopters (in Keystone) and Deadwood (Terry Peak Ski Area, Belle Joli Winery Tasting Room, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museum of Geology, take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Crow Peak Brewing Company, and stop by Alex Johnson Mercantile.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip itinerary app.

Getting from Cody to Rapid City by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°F, and evening lows to 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Medora.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Medora

— 2 nights
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): stop by Prairie Fire Pottery, then get engrossed in the history at Harold Schafer Heritage Center, then ride a horse along Maah Daah Hey Trail, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Painted Canyon Overlook. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Old Post Office, then take an in-depth tour of Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, then contemplate the long history of Von Hoffman House, and finally see the interesting displays at Billings County Court House Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Medora day trip tool.

You can drive from Rapid City to Medora in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, Medora is slightly colder than Rapid City - with highs of 28°F and lows of 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Bismarck.

Things to do in Medora

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bismarck

— 3 nights
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum and Gateway to Science. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Huff Hills Ski Area and North Dakota State Capitol Building. Explore Bismarck's surroundings by going to Welk Homestead State Historic Site (in Strasburg), Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex (in Coleharbor) and Cross Ranch State Park (in Center). There's lots more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Laughing Sun Brewing Co., pause for some photo ops at Buffalo Statue, and grab your bike and head to Keelboat Park.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bismarck road trip app.

Drive from Medora to Bismarck in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Medora to Bismarck due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°F, and evening lows to 7°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fargo.

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fargo

— 4 nights
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Get some cultural insight at Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County and Fargo Air Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Phelps Mill and The Spa Within. Venture out of the city with trips to Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge (in Rochert) and Fergus Falls (Prairie Wetlands Learning Center & Otto the Big Otter). There's still lots to do: have fun and explore at The Children's Museum at Yunker Farm, test your problem-solving skills at Escape House Fargo, pause for some serene contemplation at Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church, and get a new perspective on nature at Red River Zoo.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Fargo trip planning site.

You can drive from Bismarck to Fargo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°F, and evening lows to 9°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Fargo

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Get outdoors at Avalanche Lake and Swiftcurrent Mountain. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Swiftcurrent Pass Hike and Garden Wall. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with John's Lake Loop, go sightseeing with Sun Tours, hike along Goat Lick Overlook, and explore the activities along McDonald Creek.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Glacier National Park online trip maker.

Getting from Fargo to Glacier National Park by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fargo to Glacier National Park. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Glacier National Park when traveling from Fargo in December, with lows around 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

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.

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.

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

4.6
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.