9 days in Continental USA Itinerary

9 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

Make it your trip
Drive
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Milwaukee
— 1 day
Drive
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Wisconsin Dells
— 1 night
Drive
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Minneapolis
— 1 night
Fly
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Custer
— 1 night
Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 2 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Jackson
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Fly

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Milwaukee

— 1 day

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): examine the collection at Harley-Davidson Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Atwater Park & Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Milwaukee vacation planner.

Chicago to Milwaukee is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. August in Milwaukee sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Wisconsin Dells

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): cool off at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Wisconsin Dells sightseeing tool.

You can drive from Milwaukee to Wisconsin Dells in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Milwaukee in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Wisconsin Dells, with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Theme Parks

Minneapolis

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at Mill Ruins Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Chain of Lakes, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Isles, and finally stroll around Minnehaha Park.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Minneapolis trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Wisconsin Dells to Minneapolis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In August in Minneapolis, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Custer

— 1 night
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, then pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Custer online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Custer takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Minneapolis in August since evenings lows in Custer dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Arches National Park. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Moab trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Custer to Moab by combination of flight and car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Custer in August: high temperatures in Moab hover around 92°F and lows are around 63°F. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, contemplate the waterfront views at Cistern Spring, take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at Golden Gate Canyon.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park attractions tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Moab to Yellowstone National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Moab in August, things will get cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 70°F and lows about 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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.

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.

Utah travel guide

4.7
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.

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.