60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday builder

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Des Moines
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Omaha
— 3 nights
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Rapid City
— 5 nights
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Medora
— 2 nights
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Moab
— 6 nights
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Boise
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Portland
— 6 nights
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Big Sky
— 1 night
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Jackson Hole
— 5 nights
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Denver
— 5 nights
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Wichita
— 2 nights
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Branson
— 6 nights
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Saint Louis
— 2 nights
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Washington DC
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Des Moines

— 1 night
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): deepen your understanding at Iowa State University and then take in nature's colorful creations at Reiman Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building and then stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Des Moines day trip tool.

Detroit to Des Moines is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Omaha.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks

Side Trip

Omaha

— 3 nights

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Museum of American Speed and Joslyn Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as The Durham Museum and Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. Take a break from Omaha with a short trip to Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln, about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Old Market.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Omaha trip builder site.

Getting from Des Moines to Omaha by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in November, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to fly to Rapid City.

Things to do in Omaha

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rapid City

— 5 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Old Town and Mount Moriah Cemetery. Get in touch with nature at Presidential Trail and Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel & Iron Mountain Road), Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park) and Adams Museum (in Deadwood). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens and wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rapid City trip builder site.

Getting from Omaha to Rapid City by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In November, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Medora.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Medora

— 2 nights
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Little Missouri National Grassland and then explore by horseback at Maah Daah Hey Trail.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Medora road trip tool.

Drive from Rapid City to Medora in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rapid City in November, with highs in Medora at 41°F and lows at 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Moab.

Things to do in Medora

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Moab

— 6 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Delicate Arch and Island in the Sky. Take a break from the city and head to Corona Arch and Balanced Rock Trail. Explore Moab's surroundings by going to Arches National Park (Windows & Landscape Arch) and Mesa Arch (in Canyonlands National Park). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Grandstaff Canyon Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and explore and take pictures at La Sal Mountain Loop.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Moab driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Medora to Moab in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, train, and car. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Medora in November, with highs in Moab at 55°F and lows at 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Boise.

Things to do in Moab

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Boise

— 1 night

City of Trees

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 21st (Sun), steep yourself in history at Old Idaho Penitentiary and then trek along Boise River Greenbelt.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Boise sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Moab to Boise takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Moab in November, you will find days in Boise are little chillier (49°F), and nights are about the same (32°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to fly to Portland.

Things to do in Boise

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks

Portland

— 6 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.
Get in touch with nature at Fort Clatsop National Memorial and Forest Park. Explore hidden gems such as Silver Falls State Park and Willamette Valley. Explore Portland's surroundings by going to Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil), Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach & Ecola State Park) and Astoria (Astoria Column & Columbia River Maritime Museum). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Portland Art Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Oregon Zoo, and take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Portland trip planning tool.

You can fly from Boise to Portland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Boise to Portland is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Boise in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Portland, with lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can fly to Big Sky.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sky

— 1 night
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. On the 28th (Sun), trek along Ousel Falls Trail and then hit the slopes at Big Sky Resort.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Big Sky visit planning app.

You can fly from Portland to Big Sky in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Big Sky is 1 hour. While traveling from Portland, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Big Sky, ranging from highs of 36°F to lows of 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports
Highlights from your trip

Jackson Hole

— 5 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools and Laurance Rockefeller Preserve. Escape the urban bustle at Upper Geyser Basin and Grand Targhee Ski Resort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jackson Hole: Grand Prismatic Spring (in Yellowstone National Park) and Grand Teton (in Grand Teton National Park). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Museum of Wildlife Art and make a trip to Town Square.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Jackson Hole route maker site.

Getting from Big Sky to Jackson Hole by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In November in Jackson Hole, expect temperatures between 39°F during the day and 18°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can fly to Denver.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Denver

— 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Denver Art Museum and Bear Lake. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Denver Union Station and Molly Brown House Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop (in Cascade), National Museum of World War II Aviation (in Colorado Springs) and Estes Park (Spas, Photography Tours, &more).

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Denver trip simple and quick.

You can fly from Jackson Hole to Denver in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Denver is a bit warmer than Jackson Hole - with highs of 43°F and lows of 19°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Wichita.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Wichita

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): engage your brain at Cosmosphere and then explore the galleries of Strataca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Old Cowtown Museum and then stop by Nifty Nut House.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Wichita sightseeing planner.

Getting from Denver to Wichita by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Denver to Wichita, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Wichita when traveling from Denver in December, with lows around 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Branson.

Things to do in Wichita

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Branson

— 6 nights

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Step off the beaten path and head to College of the Ozarks and Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. Get outdoors at National Tiger Sanctuary and Lost Canyon Nature Trail and Cave. Change things up with a short trip to Dogwood Canyon Nature Park in Lampe (about 34 minutes away). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Runaway Mountain Coaster, don't miss a visit to Dancing Water Fountain, take a stroll through Historic Downtown Branson, and buy something for everyone on your list at Branson Landing.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Branson online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wichita to Branson takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Branson are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Saint Louis

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
On the 17th (Fri), ponder the world of politics at Old Courthouse, get to know the fascinating history of St. Charles Historic District, and then explore the world behind art at Saint Louis Art Museum. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and then take an in-depth tour of Missouri History Museum.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Saint Louis online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Branson to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in December, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Washington DC.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Washington DC

— 14 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Get some historical perspective at Capitol Hill and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Escape the urban bustle at Great Falls Park and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Gari Melchers Home and Studio (in Falmouth), Gettysburg (Civil War Tails At the Homestead Diorama Museum, Shriver House Museum, &more) and National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Smithsonian Institution Building, learn about all things military at U.S. Naval Academy, wander the streets of Georgetown, and admire the masterpieces at Renwick Gallery.

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Traveling by flight from Saint Louis to Washington DC takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Saint Louis in December, with highs in Washington DC at 51°F and lows at 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Iowa travel guide

4.1
Casinos · History Museums · Historic Sites
The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."

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.

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.

North Dakota travel guide

4.6
National Parks · History Museums · Performances
Geographic Center of the North American Continent
A primarily rural state, North Dakota is the ancient home of the Lakota tribe. Norwegian settlers once made up the European population, and one of the state's major attractions is the Norsk Høstfest, the largest Norwegian festival in the United States. The vast plains and never-ending sky inspire the many orchestras that call the state home. The spirituality of the music is second only to the spirituality of the people, as the state has the nation's highest percentage of churchgoing residents. The state's open fields are conducive to fishing, hunting, and winter activities.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
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.

Idaho travel guide

4.4
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.

Oregon travel guide

4.4
Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

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.

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.

Missouri travel guide

4.6
Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.