60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Custer
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Medora
— 2 nights
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Moab
— 2 nights
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
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Las Vegas
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Boise
— 1 night
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Portland
— 4 nights
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Seattle
— 4 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
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Jackson Hole
— 4 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Oklahoma City
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Topeka
— 1 night
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Omaha
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Custer

— 2 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Get in touch with nature at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Custer State Park. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, and take in the awesome beauty at Black Elk Peak.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Custer trip planner.

Cleveland to Custer is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Cleveland to Custer, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cleveland in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 51°F in Custer. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Medora.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Medora

— 2 nights
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. On the 4th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of South Unit.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Medora trip planner.

Drive from Custer to Medora in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Moab.

Things to do in Medora

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, then cruise along Arches National Park Scenic Drive, and then see Off-Road Tours. On the next day, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then stroll through Arches National Park.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Moab journey builder website.

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. Traveling from Medora in August, expect Moab to be a bit warmer, temps between 92°F and 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Santa Fe

— 4 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Nedra Matteucci Galleries and Keshi will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips and Canyon Trail. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, visit Canyon Road, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santa Fe attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Moab to Santa Fe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Moab in August, with highs in Santa Fe at 84°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 5 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon South Rim and Bright Angel Point. There's still lots to do: hike along Rim Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, get great views at Hopi Point, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Santa Fe to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 9 hours. Traveling from Santa Fe in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Las Vegas

— 4 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
For shopping fun, head to The Strip or The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort. Let the collections at The Mob Museum and The Neon Museum capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, catch a live performance at Casino at the MGM Grand, and admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, things will get much warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 101°F and lows about 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Parks · Nature · Fun & Games

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get some historical perspective at Santa Monica Pier and Venice Canals Walkway. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita. Venture out of the city with trips to Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) (in San Diego) and La Jolla Cove (in La Jolla). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and take a stroll through Montana Avenue.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Los Angeles by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, expect Los Angeles to be a bit cooler, temps between 84°F and 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Filbert Street Stairs are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Dedicate the 28th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in panoramic vistas at Coit Tower, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and take a stroll through Chinatown.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in August, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to fly to Boise.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Indian Creek (Stowe) Winery and then hike along Boise River Greenbelt.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Boise trip itinerary tool.

Getting from San Francisco to Boise by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Boise are a bit warmer (91°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can fly to Portland.

Things to do in Boise

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Trails

Side Trip

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.
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area and Cellar Door Wine Tours are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Cannon Beach and Ecola State Park will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Portland: Cannon Beach (Oswald West State Park & Haystack Rock). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on Volcano Lands - Private Tours, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, and get outside with Portland Timbers.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Portland trip builder tool.

You can fly from Boise to Portland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Boise in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Portland: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Seattle

— 4 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.
Chihuly Garden and Glass and Glasshouse Studio will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Museum of Flight and Seattle Art Museum. Step out of Seattle with an excursion to Discover Nature in Mount Rainier National Park--about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Pike Place Market, make a trip to Space Needle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alki Beach, and get a taste of the local shopping with Pioneer Square.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Seattle sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Portland to Seattle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Seattle, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Outdoors · Shopping · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Glacier National Park

— 5 nights

Crown of the Continent

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Escape the urban bustle at Grinnell Glacier and Highline Trail. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Falls, get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall, and take in the dramatic scenery at Baring Falls.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Glacier National Park journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Glacier National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Seattle to Glacier National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Glacier National Park, with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to fly to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Yellowstone National Park

— 6 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grand Loop Road. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Beehive Geyser, explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Mystic Falls Trail, and cruise along Firehole Canyon Drive.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Glacier National Park in September; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 60°F and lows reach 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Jackson Hole

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Grand Teton and Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jackson Hole: Glacier View Turnout (in Moose) and Grand Teton National Park (42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, Cascade Canyon Trail, &more). It doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on Ana's Grand Excursions and admire all the interesting features of Moose Wilson Road.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Jackson Hole online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Jackson Hole, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Denver.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Denver

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Estes Park Guided Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour (in Georgetown) and Spas (in Estes Park).

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Denver online holiday planner.

Fly from Jackson Hole to Denver in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Jackson Hole in September; daily highs in Denver reach 79°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf Adventures, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then get engrossed in the history at U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation and then see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Oklahoma City

— 1 night

The Big Friendly

Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology and then appreciate the history behind Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Oklahoma City trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Oklahoma City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Colorado Springs to Oklahoma City. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in September: high temperatures in Oklahoma City hover around 87°F and lows are around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Topeka.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums · Childrens Museums

Topeka

— 1 night
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. state of Kansas and the seat of Shawnee County. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): examine the collection at Evel Knievel Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Topeka trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Oklahoma City to Topeka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. September in Topeka sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 60°F at night. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Omaha.

Things to do in Topeka

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Omaha

— 1 night

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 29th (Wed), observe the fascinating underwater world at Henry Doorly Zoo and then see the interesting displays at Museum Of Shadows.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Omaha trip builder.

You can drive from Topeka to Omaha in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Omaha

Zoos & Aquariums · Nightlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Hiking Trails · Lookouts
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Nevada travel guide

4.3
Performances · Fountains · Casinos
The Silver State
The neon streets of Las Vegas represent only one chapter in the story of Nevada, a sparsely populated state offering travelers a chance to discover the country's western frontier. Utterly unlike the more populated parts of the North American continent, Nevada's landscape includes huge deserts where you can easily leave modern civilization behind and enjoy a tranquil vacation. For a taste of untamed Nevada, explore the network of paved and unpaved roads leading to some of the world's most rugged and desolate natural wonders. If trying to make a fortune is high on your itinerary, remember that in the first state to legalize gambling, a slot machine is never too far away. Even gas stations and small motels in the largely deserted rural areas offer some form of gambling to the passing traveler.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Idaho travel guide

4.5
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.

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Galleries · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.

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.

Oklahoma travel guide

4
Casinos · Monuments · Art Museums
The Sooner State
Boasting a rich Native American heritage and named after the Choctaw word for "Red People," Oklahoma remains home to about 40 native tribes who speak 25 distinct languages. Though the state remains one of the country's top producers of agricultural products, most of its inhabitants live within two metropolitan areas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The state is home to the 500-million-year-old Wichita Mountains, noted for being the site of the oldest national wildlife refuge in the United States. Explore the state's pristine natural areas while on vacation here, but be sure to leave plenty of time to tour its characteristic small towns, known for their food, music, and cultural festivals.

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.

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.