17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Omaha
— 2 nights
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Medora
— 3 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
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Custer
— 3 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Chamberlain
— 1 night
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Sioux Falls
— 1 night
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Omaha

— 2 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.
Take a break from Omaha with a short trip to Holy Family Shrine in Gretna, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Henry Doorly Zoo, contemplate the waterfront views at Chalco Hills Recreation Area, get a taste of the local shopping with Old Market, and admire the natural beauty at Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Omaha trip itinerary builder website.

Belleville to Omaha is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. In September, daily temperatures in Omaha can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Medora.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Medora

— 3 nights
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Spend the 17th (Fri) exploring nature at South Unit. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Von Hoffman House and examine the collection at North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Medora travel route planner.

Getting from Omaha to Medora by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Omaha in September; daily highs in Medora reach 70°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Medora

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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Yellowstone National Park

— 5 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.
When in Yellowstone National Park, make a side trip to see Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park, approximately Grand Teton National Park away. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Point, and take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park travel route builder site.

Traveling by flight from Medora to Yellowstone National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Medora in September: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 60°F and lows are around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Custer.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Custer

— 3 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Take a break from Custer with a short trip to Presidential Trail in Keystone, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, cruise along Wildlife Loop Road, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Custer road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Custer takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, Custer is somewhat warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 71°F and lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

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Badlands National Park

— 1 night
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
On the 28th (Tue), admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Custer to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Custer in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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Chamberlain

— 1 night
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at South Dakota Hall of Fame, make a trip to Dignity, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Old West Trading Post, then get engrossed in the history at Akta Lakota Museum, and finally head outdoors with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Chamberlain trip planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain takes 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

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Sioux Falls

— 1 night
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): have fun and explore at Stockyards Ag Experience and then walk around Falls Park.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls route maker site.

You can drive from Chamberlain to Sioux Falls in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 55°F at night. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums
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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.

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.

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.