40 days in United States Itinerary

40 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Kalispell
— 6 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Washburn
— 2 nights
Drive
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Billings
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dillon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Deer Lodge
— 2 nights
Drive
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Virginia City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Great Falls
— 3 nights
Fly
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Custer
— 3 nights
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Drive to Rapid City Regional Airport, Fly to Missoula International Airport, Drive to Polson
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Polson
— 3 nights
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Kalispell

— 6 nights
Kalispell is a city in, and the county seat of Flathead County, Montana, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Kalispell Brewing Company as well as Artemis Acres Paint Horse Ranch. Discover out-of-the-way places like Flathead Lake and The People's Center Museum. Get outdoors at Lone Pine State Park and Wild Horse Island State Park. Step out of Kalispell with an excursion to Echo Lake in Bigfork--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Flathead Lake State Park, shop like a local with Sunti World Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Conrad Mansion, and examine the collection at Northwest Montana History Museum.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kalispell day trip app.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Kalispell. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Kalispell

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 4 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes St.Mary Falls, Lake Josephine, Iceberg Lake, and other attractions. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Avalanche Lake and Grinnell Glacier. Visiting Going-to-the-Sun Road and Logan Pass will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, and get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Kalispell to Glacier National Park in an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lamar Valley, Mammoth Hot Springs, Old Faithful, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, explore and take pictures at Lamar Valley, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, then take in the natural beauty of Mammoth Hot Springs, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Undine Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Lehardy's Rapids, don't miss a visit to Petrified Tree, then cruise along Firehole Lake Drive, then take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Paintpots, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Glacier National Park in July, things will get slightly colder in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 73°F and lows about 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Grand Teton National Park

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Amphitheater Lake as well as Grand Teton. Visiting 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive and Snake River will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Menor's Ferry Historical Trail and Snake River Overlook. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Sacred Heart, explore the activities along Leigh Lake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Group, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Elk Ranch Flats Turnout, Grand Teton National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Teton National Park online route planner.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Teton National Park: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Washburn.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Washburn

— 2 nights
Washburn is a city in McLean County, North Dakota, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Knife River Indian Villages Historic Site as well as Fort Mandan. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Knife River Indian Villages Historic Site, then admire the majestic nature at Cross Ranch State Park, then steep yourself in history at Fort Mandan, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Clark State Historic Site.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Washburn day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Washburn in 12 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Grand Teton National Park to Washburn. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 54°F in Washburn. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Billings.

Things to do in Washburn

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Billings

— 3 nights
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. Pictograph Cave State Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 20th (Mon), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then admire the majestic nature at Pictograph Cave State Park, then identify plant and animal life at Four Dances Recreation Area, and finally stop by Scheels. On your second day here, stroll through Pompeys Pillar National Monument, then get engrossed in the history at Big Horn County Historical Museum, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Little Bighorn Battlefield.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Billings trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Washburn to Billings in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washburn to Billings. In July, Billings is somewhat warmer than Washburn - with highs of 89°F and lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dillon.

Things to do in Billings

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Dillon

— 2 nights
Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. Bannack State Park has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): examine the collection at Beaverhead County Museum, get advice or help at Dillon Visitor Center, and then take in the awesome beauty at Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Dillon road trip tool.

Getting from Billings to Dillon by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Billings in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Dillon, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Deer Lodge.

Things to do in Dillon

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Deer Lodge

— 2 nights
Deer Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Powell County, Montana, United States. You've now added Grant-Kohrs Ranch to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Grant-Kohrs Ranch, examine the collection at Old Montana Prison Complex, examine the collection at Yesterday's Playthings, then examine the collection at Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Lost Creek State Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Deer Lodge vacation builder app.

You can drive from Dillon to Deer Lodge in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Deer Lodge are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Virginia City.

Things to do in Deer Lodge

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Virginia City

— 2 nights
Virginia City is a town in and the county seat of Madison County, Montana, United States. Virginia City National Historic Landmark has been added to your itinerary. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at J.Spencer Watkins Memorial Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Virginia City National Historic Landmark, and then stroll the grounds of Boothill Cemetery.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Virginia City trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Deer Lodge to Virginia City takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Great Falls.

Things to do in Virginia City

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

Great Falls

— 3 nights
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. You've now added C.M. Russell Museum to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Malmstrom Museum and Air Park, get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then play a few rounds at Valley View Garden Golf.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Great Falls day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Virginia City to Great Falls takes 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Great Falls can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Badlands National Park

— 3 nights
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
On the 1st (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Burns Basin Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then cruise along Loop Road, and finally hike along Castle Trail. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Pinnacles Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Conata Basin Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Homestead Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape of Bigfoot Pass Overlook.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Badlands National Park tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Great Falls to Badlands National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Great Falls in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Badlands National Park, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Custer

— 3 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Step off the beaten path and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Bismark Lake Campground. Get in touch with nature at Legion Lake and Sylvan Lake. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Stockade Lake, take a memorable drive along Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coolidge, and see the interesting displays at Custer County 1881 Courthouse.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Custer trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Custer by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in August, expect Custer to be little chillier, temps between 77°F and 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Polson.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Polson

— 3 nights
Polson is a city in Lake County, Montana, United States, on the southern shore of Flathead Lake. Miracle of America Museum has been added to your itinerary. On the 7th (Fri), examine the collection at The People's Center Museum and then examine the collection at Miracle of America Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Flathead Lake Cheese, then identify plant and animal life at National Bison Range, then get engrossed in the history at Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Glacier Brewing Company.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Polson trip itinerary maker website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Custer to Polson. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Custer in August: highs in Polson hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Polson

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.