12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Custer
— 1 night
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Keystone
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Grand Teton National Park
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Arches National Park
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Custer

— 1 night
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
You've now added Iron Mountain Road to your itinerary. On the 17th (Sun), take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Custer online trip itinerary builder.

Chicago to Custer is an approximately 15.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Chicago to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Custer, with lows around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Keystone.

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Keystone

— 1 night

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
You've now added Mount Rushmore National Memorial to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Keystone trip planner.

Getting from Custer to Keystone by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

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Yellowstone National Park

— 2 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.
To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Keystone to Yellowstone National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and car. In March, Yellowstone National Park is slightly colder than Keystone - with highs of 36°F and lows of 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks

Grand Teton National Park

Mountains of the Imagination

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park holiday website.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in March, Grand Teton National Park is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Salt Lake City

— 1 night

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.
You've now added Salt Lake Temple to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salt Lake Temple.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Salt Lake City online tour planner.

Getting from Grand Teton National Park to Salt Lake City by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in March, expect Salt Lake City to be a bit warmer, temps between 58°F and 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Grand Canyon National Park.

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Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 22nd (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point and then take some stellar pictures from Hopi Point.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Salt Lake City to Grand Canyon National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Salt Lake City in March, plan for little chillier nights in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows around 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Arches National Park.

Arches National Park

— 1 night

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Dan Mick's Guided Jeep Tours. On the 23rd (Sat), get interesting insight from Dan Mick's Guided Jeep Tours.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Arches National Park day trip planning website.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Arches National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in March, Arches National Park is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Tours · Outdoors

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Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Wild Basin Area. On the 24th (Sun), explore the activities along Lily Lake.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Arches National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of car and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Denver

— 2 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.
You've now added Mount Evans to your itinerary. On the 26th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Denver online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in March, expect nights in Denver to be about the same, around 29°F, while days are little chillier, around 55°F. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

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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.