15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

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Washington DC
Fly
2
Bozeman
Drive
3
West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive
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Cooke City
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Cody
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jackson Hole
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bozeman
— 1 night
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Washington DC
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Washington DC

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.
To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Washington DC travel route planner.

Fredericksburg to Washington DC is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. On the 14th (Sat), you'll travel to Bozeman.

Things to do in Washington DC

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Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bozeman sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Bozeman takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Bozeman, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from Washington DC in August since evenings lows in Bozeman dip to 47°F. You will leave for West Yellowstone on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
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West Yellowstone

— 4 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
You've now added Old Faithful to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Firehole Canyon Drive and Blue Star Spring. Explore West Yellowstone's surroundings by going to Yellowstone National Park (Daisy Geyser, Black Sand Basin, &more). It doesn't end there: stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip planning tool.

Getting from Bozeman to West Yellowstone by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bozeman in August: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 75°F and lows are around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Gardiner

— 1 night
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 18th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Terrace Spring, take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Paintpots, then take in the dramatic natural features at Beryl Spring, then explore the striking landscape at Norris Back Basin, and finally identify plant and animal life at Monument Geyser Basin.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Gardiner online trip planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Gardiner takes 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Gardiner can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cooke City.

Things to do in Gardiner

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Cooke City

— 2 nights
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Beartooth Hwy as well as Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yellowstone Trading Post and Cooke City Montana Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Yellowstone River Picnic Area and Calcite Springs Overlook. It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Sylvia's Sweet Shoppe.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cooke City online travel planner.

Getting from Gardiner to Cooke City by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Gardiner in August, expect nights in Cooke City to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are little chillier, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Cody.

Things to do in Cooke City

Shopping · Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Cody

— 2 nights

Preferred Gateway to Yellowstone

A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Draper Natural History Museum, explore the world behind art at Whitney Western Art Museum, and then examine the collection at Cody Firearms Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cody trip planner.

You can drive from Cooke City to Cody in 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cooke City in August: high temperatures in Cody hover around 79°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Cody

Museums
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chapel of the Transfiguration and Chapel of the Sacred Heart. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of Wildlife Art and Mangelsen Images of Nature. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jackson Hole: Moose (Teton Point Turnout & Snake River Overlook) and Schwabacher Landing (in Grand Teton National Park). The adventure continues: stroll through Oxbow Bend, get engrossed in the history at Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum, head outdoors with Bridger Gondola, and surround yourself with nature on Ana's Grand Excursions.

To find out how to plan a trip to Jackson Hole, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cody to Jackson Hole in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Cody in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Jackson Hole, with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Bozeman

— 1 night
For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bozeman day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Jackson Hole to Bozeman takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Jackson Hole in August, expect nights in Bozeman to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 84°F. On the 28th (Sat), you'll travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
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Washington DC

Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Bozeman to Washington DC takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Bozeman in August, expect warmer with lows of 71°F in Washington DC. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

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Highlights from your trip

United States travel guide

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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.