12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Philadelphia
Fly + Taxi:  8 h 30 min
1
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Devils Tower
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Casper
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
5
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, then explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and finally steep yourself in history at Prairie Homestead.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park tour itinerary planner.

Philadelphia to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Badlands National Park. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Philadelphia in June since evenings lows in Badlands National Park dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Philip
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Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site ©
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Horse Thief Lake, Wind Cave National Park and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rapid City trip planner.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Rapid City by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Badlands National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in Rapid City, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Rapid City

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Keystone, Wind Cave National Park
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Horse Thief Lake ©
Horse Thief Lake

few
hours
Devils Tower

Devils Tower ©
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
On the 27th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Tower Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Devils Tower National Monument.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Devils Tower trip planner.

Getting from Rapid City to Devils Tower by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rapid City in June since evenings lows in Devils Tower dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Casper.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Nature Parks
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Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument

1
night
Casper

Casper
Casper is a city in and the county seat of Natrona County, Wyoming, United States. For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Casper day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Devils Tower to Casper takes 3 hours. Traveling from Devils Tower in June, you will find days in Casper are somewhat warmer (82°F), and nights are slightly colder (46°F). On the 28th (Sun), you're off to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Casper

Museums Parks Nature

2
nights
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
On the 28th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pulpit Rock Overlook, take in the awesome beauty at Gunnison Point, and then take a memorable drive along South Rim Road.

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Traveling by car from Casper to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Casper in June: high temperatures in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park hover around 89°F and lows are around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Needle Rock
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Pulpit Rock Overlook ©
Pulpit Rock Overlook

3
nights
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Little Medano Creek and Mosca Pass Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in June, with highs in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve at 83°F and lows at 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Denver.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Outdoors Trails
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High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

1
night
Denver

Denver
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Falcon Castle Trail.

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Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Denver with the Route module. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in July since evenings lows in Denver dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Mount Falcon Castle Trail

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