9 days in Continental USA Itinerary

9 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Omaha
— 1 day
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West Yellowstone
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Jackson Hole
— 1 night
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Rapid City
— 1 night
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Denver
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
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Wichita
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Omaha

— 1 day

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
On the 2nd (Mon), stroll through Fontenelle Forest Nature Center and then meet the residents at Henry Doorly Zoo.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Omaha trip itinerary planner.

Chicago to Omaha is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In August in Omaha, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Nightlife

Side Trip

West Yellowstone

— 1 night
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 3rd (Tue), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and then stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Omaha to West Yellowstone takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Omaha in August, expect nights in West Yellowstone to be cooler, around 37°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, take in the natural beauty of Blue Star Spring, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Solitary Geyser, and finally take in the natural beauty of Aurum Geyser. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get impressive views of Monument Geyser Basin, take in the natural beauty of Beryl Spring, explore the striking landscape at Artists Paintpots, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, and finally explore and take pictures at Firehole Canyon Drive.

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You can drive from West Yellowstone to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from West Yellowstone in August, expect nights in Yellowstone National Park to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Jackson Hole

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): stroll through Teton Raptor Center, then surround yourself with nature on Ana's Grand Excursions, and then get a new perspective on things with Barker-Ewing Whitewater.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Jackson Hole route planner.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Jackson Hole, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to fly to Rapid City.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Rapid City

— 1 night

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 7th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel in the Hills, then learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Geology, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rapid City trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Jackson Hole to Rapid City in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Jackson Hole in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rapid City, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to fly to Denver.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 8th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain, then steep yourself in history at Dinosaur Ridge, and then explore the galleries of Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Denver driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Denver takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Denver are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
On the 9th (Mon), shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, then find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and then don't miss a visit to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs route planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Wichita.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Wichita

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stop by Nifty Nut House, engage your brain at Exploration Place, and then examine the collection at Museum of World Treasures.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Wichita holiday builder site.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Wichita in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Colorado Springs to Wichita is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in August; daily highs in Wichita reach 89°F and lows reach 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Wichita

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

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.

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.

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.

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.

Colorado travel guide

4.3
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.

Kansas travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Zoos · History Museums
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.