28 days in United States Itinerary

28 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

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Denver
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Phoenix
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Salt Lake City
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Portland
— 4 nights
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Seattle
— 5 nights
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Billings
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Minneapolis
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Denver

— 4 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Garden of the Gods and Mount Evans will thrill your kids. Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Idaho Springs (Summit Lake Park & River Rafting & Tubing) and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (in Colorado Springs). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, browse the exhibits of Molly Brown House Museum, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, and admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip planner.

Grand Rapids to Denver is an approximately 18.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Grand Rapids to Denver. In July in Denver, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 60°F at night. On the 18th (Sat), you're off to Phoenix.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Phoenix

— 1 night
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. On the 19th (Sun), have fun and explore at Children’s Museum of Phoenix, get to know the resident critters at Phoenix Zoo, then admire the landmark architecture of David & Gladys Wright House, and finally get your game on at K1 Speed Phoenix.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Phoenix trip planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Phoenix takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Denver, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Phoenix, ranging from highs of 106°F to lows of 85°F. You will leave for Salt Lake City on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Phoenix

Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Salt Lake City

— 3 nights

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
On the 21st (Tue), ponder the world of politics at Utah State Capitol, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Utah's Hogle Zoo, and then take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square, steep yourself in history at McCune Mansion, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Tabernacle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Assembly Hall, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Utah.

To find reviews and more tourist information, use the Salt Lake City route planning site.

Traveling by car from Phoenix to Salt Lake City takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Phoenix in July, things will get little chillier in Salt Lake City: highs are around 95°F and lows about 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Portland

— 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Haystack Rock and Powell's City of Books. Explore Portland's surroundings by going to Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil), Cannon Beach (in Cannon Beach) and Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area (in Seaside). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Oregon Zoo, contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and have some family-friendly fun at Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Portland trip planner.

Getting from Salt Lake City to Portland by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Salt Lake City to Portland. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Salt Lake City in July: high temperatures in Portland hover around 83°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Seattle

— 5 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.
Bring the kids along to Chihuly Garden and Glass and Space Needle. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Pike Place Market, take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Woodland Park Zoo, and stroll around Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle tour planner.

Getting from Portland to Seattle by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Billings.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Billings

— 3 nights
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. On the 2nd (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks, look for gifts at Scheels, then meet the residents at ZooMontana, and finally make a splash at Reef Indoor Water Park. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trot along with a tour on horseback, then immerse yourself in nature at Pictograph Cave State Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sacrifice Cliff, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Pompeys Pillar National Monument.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Billings road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Billings takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Billings

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Minneapolis

— 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Escape Game and Grand Rounds Scenic Byway. Go for a jaunt from Minneapolis to Hastings to see Extreme Sandbox - Minnesota about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Isles, stroll through Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, examine the collection at Mill City Museum, and stroll around Minnehaha Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Billings to Minneapolis in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Billings in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 64°F in Minneapolis. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.