13 days in Continental USA Itinerary

13 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary planner

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Jackson Hole
— 1 day
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Bozeman
— 1 night
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Post Falls
— 3 nights
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Boise
— 1 day
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Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: The Colorado Freedom Memorial (in Aurora), Denver Botanic Gardens (in Denver) and Cañon City (River Rafting & Tubing, Royal Gorge Helitours, &more). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

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Thousand Oaks to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Thousand Oaks to Colorado Springs, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Thousand Oaks in December: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 45°F and lows are around 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Jackson Hole

— 1 day
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 14th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Wildlife Art, then make a trip to Town Square, and then take an exotic tour of Scenic Safaris.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Jackson Hole holiday builder.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Jackson Hole in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in December, expect Jackson Hole to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°F and 7°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

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.
On the 15th (Wed), take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and then explore the striking landscape at Biscuit Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Observation Point Trail, don't miss a visit to The 45th Parallel, then head outdoors with Bridge Bay Marina, and finally trek along Elephant Back Mountain.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Yellowstone National Park sees daily highs of 23°F and lows of 3°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Bozeman

— 1 night
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bridger Bowl.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bozeman day trip tool.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Bozeman in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Bozeman, with highs around 30°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Post Falls.

Things to do in Bozeman

Nature · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors
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Post Falls

— 3 nights
Post Falls is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, between Coeur d'Alene and Spokane, Washington. Change things up with these side-trips from Post Falls: Sandpoint (Pend Oreille Scenic Byway & Schweitzer Mountain Resort). The adventure continues: get advice or help at 59:Escape Room Adventures, admire the sheer force of Falls Park, sample the fine beverages at Up North Distillery, and find something for the whole family at Triple Play Family Fun Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Post Falls day trip site.

You can drive from Bozeman to Post Falls in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bozeman to Post Falls. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Post Falls when traveling from Bozeman in December, with lows around 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Boise.

Things to do in Post Falls

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Boise

— 1 day

City of Trees

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): hike along Boise River Greenbelt, then take in nature's colorful creations at Idaho Botanical Garden, and then get a sense of history and politics at Idaho State Capitol Building.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Boise online trip builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Post Falls to Boise. The time zone difference when traveling from Post Falls to Boise is 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°F, and evening lows to 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Boise

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Colorado travel guide

4.4
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.

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.

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.