15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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West Yellowstone
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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West Yellowstone

— 1 night
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 24th (Sat), cast your line with a fishing tour and then kick your exploration up a notch at Yellowstone Aerial Adventures. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Johnny Sack Cabin, look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then surround yourself with nature on Horizon Travel Yeti Aviation.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone travel planner.

Des Moines to West Yellowstone is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Des Moines in July, plan for a bit cooler days in West Yellowstone, with highs around 77°F, while nights are colder with lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Upper Geyser Basin and Morning Glory Pool. Discover out-of-the-way places like Biscuit Basin and Beryl Spring. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Solitary Geyser, stroll through Ice Lake Trail, explore the striking landscape at Blue Star Spring, and hike along Observation Point Trail.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park travel itinerary planner.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July in Yellowstone National Park, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
On the 30th (Fri), view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center, visit Downtown Rapid City, and then get outside with Main Street Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): see the world from above with Black Hills Aerial Adventures, cruise along Iron Mountain Road, then stop by Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium, and finally see the interesting displays at National Presidential Wax Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Rapid City takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rapid City

Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 3 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.
Attractions like Horseback Riding Tours and Climbing Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Get outdoors at Colorado Wolf Adventures and Adventures Out West. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, and find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Rapid City to Colorado Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 4th (Wed), stroll through Grottos Trail, then fly like a bird with Aspen Paragliding, and then take in the local highlights with Dean's Aspen Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then stroll through Castle Creek Road.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Aspen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, expect Aspen to be little chillier, temps between 77°F and 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 6th (Fri), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then hit the slopes at Mount Werner. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): delve into the lush surroundings at Routt National Forest and then enjoy unforgettable views with Wild West Balloon Adventures.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Aspen to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Steamboat Springs are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

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.

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.