50 days in Continental USA Itinerary

50 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Des Moines
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Omaha
— 3 nights
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Fargo
— 2 nights
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Minneapolis
— 3 nights
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
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Seattle
— 6 nights
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Portland
— 5 nights
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Boise
— 4 nights
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Las Vegas
— 7 nights
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Moab
— 5 nights
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Wichita
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Des Moines

— 1 night
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Reiman Gardens and then snap pictures at High Trestle Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): get into the urban bustle at Des Moines Civic Center, then get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Confluence Brewing Company.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Des Moines route builder tool.

Indianapolis to Des Moines is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Indianapolis to Des Moines due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Omaha.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Trails · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Omaha: Lincoln (Hamann Rose Garden, Museum of American Speed, &more), Holy Family Shrine (in Gretna) and Ashland (Cellar 426 Winery & Glacial Till Vineyard and Winery). There's still lots to do: try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, look for all kinds of wild species at Prairie Queen Recreation Area, observe the fascinating underwater world at Henry Doorly Zoo, and admire the natural beauty at Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Omaha travel route tool.

Drive from Des Moines to Omaha in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Omaha sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Fargo.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Wineries · Museums · Casinos

Side Trips

Fargo

— 2 nights
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): walk around Rheault Farm, gain insight at North Dakota State University, and then take an in-depth tour of Fargo Air Museum. Keep things going the next day: let little ones run wild at Lindenwood Park, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Junkyard Brewing Company, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Drekker Brewing Company.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Fargo trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Omaha to Fargo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, Fargo is a bit cooler than Omaha - with highs of 51°F and lows of 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Fargo

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trip

Minneapolis

— 3 nights

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.
When in Minneapolis, make a side trip to see Watt Munisotaram in Hampton, approximately Hampton away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, sample some tasty brews at GetKnit Events, deepen your understanding at The Raptor Center, and contemplate the waterfront views at Chain of Lakes.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Minneapolis sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Fargo to Minneapolis in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fargo in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 36°F in Minneapolis. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Rapid City

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): tee off at The Golf Club at Red Rock, then stroll through Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, and finally take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at Hart Ranch Golf Course and then make a trip to Berlin Wall Exhibit.

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You can fly from Minneapolis to Rapid City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In April in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 33°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Outdoors · Golf · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park

— 5 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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, get impressive views of Mud Volcano, and stroll through Fountain Paint Pot.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Rapid City to Yellowstone National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, Yellowstone National Park is slightly colder than Rapid City - with highs of 42°F and lows of 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Swiftcurrent Mountain, then get outside with Swiftcurrent Pass Hike, and then explore the activities along Swiftcurrent Falls.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Glacier National Park road trip planner.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in April, expect Glacier National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 56°F and 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Seattle

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seattle: John Storvik Playground (in Anacortes), ILovekickboxing (in Kirkland) and Roozengaarde Display Garden (in Mount Vernon). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, walk around Volunteer Park Conservatory, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, and work some fitness into your day at Discovery Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Glacier National Park to Seattle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Glacier National Park to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Glacier National Park in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 46°F in Seattle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Portland

— 5 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Change things up with these side-trips from Portland: Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm (in Woodburn), Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (in McMinnville) and Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil). The adventure continues: stop by Powell's City of Books, explore the engaging exhibits at Portland Children's Museum, get a dose of the wild on Volcano Lands - Private Tours, and stroll around Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Portland journey site.

Getting from Seattle to Portland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In May in Portland, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Boise.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Boise

— 4 nights

City of Trees

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Boise is known for trails, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge your senses at Boise Brew Bus, admire the majestic nature at Lucky Peak State Park, stroll around Kathryn Albertson Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ridge to River Trail System.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Boise holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Portland to Boise takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Portland to Boise due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Boise

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 7 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Change things up with these side-trips from Las Vegas: Clark County Heritage Museum (in Henderson) and Hoover Dam (in Boulder City). And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, try to win big at Casino At The Venetian, and see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Boise to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Boise to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Boise in May, with highs in Las Vegas at 87°F and lows at 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Fun & Games · Casinos · Tours

Side Trips

Moab

— 5 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
When in Moab, make a side trip to see Goblin Valley State Park in Green River, approximately Green River away. On the 23rd (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, get interesting insight from Tours, take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch, and surround yourself with nature on Deep Desert Expeditions.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Moab travel route builder website.

Getting from Las Vegas to Moab by combination of flight and car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Moab due to the time zone difference. In May, Moab is little chillier than Las Vegas - with highs of 76°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Wichita.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Wichita

— 4 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Wichita side-trips: Safari Zoological Park (in Caney), Walnut River Brewing Company (in El Dorado) and Bartlett Arboretum (in Belle Plaine).

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Wichita trip planner.

You can fly from Moab to Wichita in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Moab to Wichita. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Wichita when traveling from Moab in May, with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wichita

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

Iowa travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."

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.

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.

Minnesota travel guide

4.4
Shopping Malls · Room Escape Games · Entertainment Centers
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.

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.

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.

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.

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Museums · 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.

Oregon travel guide

4.5
Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

Idaho travel guide

4.6
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Waterfalls
The Gem State
The mountainous state of Idaho houses some of the country's largest stretches of unspoiled nature. There are plenty of opportunities for adventurous holidays here, with rapids, canyons, snow-capped mountains, expansive lakes, and waterfalls higher than Niagara Falls. Those on vacation with access to a car can enjoy some of the most scenic drives in the nation while traversing Idaho's rugged landscape. Boise, the state's capital and most populous city, provides cultural attractions such as museums, galleries, and theater. The students of Boise State University contribute to the city's vibrant and growing nightlife scene.

Nevada travel guide

4.2
Performances · Fountains · Casinos
The Silver State
The neon streets of Las Vegas represent only one chapter in the story of Nevada, a sparsely populated state offering travelers a chance to discover the country's western frontier. Utterly unlike the more populated parts of the North American continent, Nevada's landscape includes huge deserts where you can easily leave modern civilization behind and enjoy a tranquil vacation. For a taste of untamed Nevada, explore the network of paved and unpaved roads leading to some of the world's most rugged and desolate natural wonders. If trying to make a fortune is high on your itinerary, remember that in the first state to legalize gambling, a slot machine is never too far away. Even gas stations and small motels in the largely deserted rural areas offer some form of gambling to the passing traveler.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
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.

Kansas travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Zoos · Entertainment Centers
The Sunflower State
Generally considered the geographical center of the country, Kansas is a state rich in history, having served as home to diverse Native American tribes for thousands of years before European settlement. Once called "Bleeding Kansas" because of violent clashes between abolitionists and pro-slavery settlers, Kansas now carries the nickname the "Sunflower State," earned because of its massive production of sunflowers, corn, wheat, and sorghum. In addition to agriculture, the state is also known as an aviation hub. Sightseeing is easy, as wide-open spaces dominate the landscape of the western two-thirds of the state, which includes some of the only remaining native tallgrass prairie in the nation. Eastern Kansas contains rolling hills and most of the major cities, which draw tourism with their lively art, nightlife, and music scenes.