43 days in United States Itinerary

43 days in United States Itinerary

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Detroit
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Traverse City
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
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Seattle
— 3 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
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Custer
— 3 nights
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Minneapolis
— 1 day
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Duluth
— 4 nights
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Wisconsin Dells
— 11 nights
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Philadelphia
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Detroit

— 1 night

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): examine the collection at Greenfield Village and then take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, head off the coast to Belle Isle Park, and then examine the collection at The Henry Ford.

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Henderson to Detroit is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. July in Detroit sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Traverse City.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Traverse City

— 3 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Change things up with these side-trips from Traverse City: Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (in Glen Arbor) and Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire Bluff Trail, &more). There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and stop by Light of Day Organics.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Traverse City driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Detroit to Traverse City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Traverse City when traveling from Detroit in July, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can fly to Anchorage.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Anchorage

— 3 nights

The City of Lights and Flowers

Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
Anchorage is known for parks, trails, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, stroll through Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, get to know the resident critters at Alaska Zoo, and take a memorable drive along Seward Hwy.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Anchorage trip planner.

You can fly from Traverse City to Anchorage in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Traverse City to Anchorage is minus 4 hours. When traveling from Traverse City in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Anchorage: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Seattle.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Seattle

— 3 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.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, and wineries. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, look for gifts at Elliott Bay Book Company, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle road trip app.

You can fly from Anchorage to Seattle in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Anchorage to Seattle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Anchorage in July: highs in Seattle hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to fly to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Tours

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.
On the 4th (Thu), hike the day away at Highline Trail. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake, trek along Swiftcurrent Falls, and admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park road trip site.

You can fly from Seattle to Glacier National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Glacier National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in August, Glacier National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Custer.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Custer

— 3 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Go for a jaunt from Custer to Hot Springs to see Mammoth Site of Hot Springs about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, admire all the interesting features of Wildlife Loop Road, and learn more about the world around you at Native American Educational and Cultural Center.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Custer trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Glacier National Park to Custer takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Glacier National Park in August, expect nights in Custer to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can fly to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Minneapolis

— 1 day

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, then take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, and then don't miss a visit to Minnehaha Falls.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Minneapolis day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Custer to Minneapolis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Minneapolis is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Minneapolis when traveling from Custer in August, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to fly to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Museums · Nature

Duluth

— 4 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Soudan Underground Mine (in Soudan), Gooseberry Falls State Park (in Two Harbors) and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves (in Bayfield). There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, admire the majestic nature at Amnicon Falls State Park, snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, and view the masterpieces at Lake Superior Art Glass.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Duluth trip planning website.

Getting from Minneapolis to Duluth by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in August, with highs in Duluth at 73°F and lows at 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wisconsin Dells

— 11 nights

Waterpark Capital of the World

Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wisconsin Dells: Spring Green (Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center & The House on the Rock), Madison (Henry Vilas Zoo, Memorial Union Terrace, &more) and Historic Indian Agency House (in Portage). There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, surround yourself with nature on Original Wisconsin Ducks, examine the collection at EAA Aviation Museum, and play a few rounds at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf.

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Drive from Duluth to Wisconsin Dells in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Duluth, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Wisconsin Dells, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Philadelphia

— 1 day

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): examine the collection at The Franklin Institute, steep yourself in history at Independence Hall, and then get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary.

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You can do a combination of train and flight from Wisconsin Dells to Philadelphia in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Wisconsin Dells to Philadelphia is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Wisconsin Dells in August; daily highs in Philadelphia reach 85°F and lows reach 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Historic Sites

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Galleries · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.

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.

Minnesota travel guide

4.4
Room Escape Games · History Museums · Shopping Malls
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.

Wisconsin travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Zoos
The Badger State
Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" because of its status as the nation's most famous producer of milk and cheese. A growing favorite with foreign tourists, the state is a perfect holiday destination for nature lovers, offering year-round outdoor activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes and waterways alongside apple and cherry orchards, Wisconsin also offers numerous urban tourist attractions, its cities hosting renowned beer and art festivals each year.

Pennsylvania travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Casinos · Specialty Museums
The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.