12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Philadelphia
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  6 h 15 min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Craig
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
5
Devils Tower
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Philadelphia

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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.
Visit Dinosaur Ridge and Molly Brown House Museum for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lookout Mountain and Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center. Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Boulder Creek Path (in Boulder), Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland) and Argo Mill and Tunnel (in Idaho Springs). It doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Golden Gate Canyon State Park and try your luck at Sasquatch Casino.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Denver visit planning site.

Philadelphia to Denver is an approximately 6.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Denver is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 55°F in Denver. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Golden, Boulder Creek Path, Carousel of Happiness, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Argo Mill and Tunnel
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Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Lookout Mountain ©
Lookout Mountain
Dinosaur Ridge ©
Dinosaur Ridge

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): stroll through High Dune Trail and then contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve online visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Denver to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Denver in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature Trails
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High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and then explore the striking landscape at Painted Wall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of North Rim and then take a memorable drive along South Rim Road.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park day trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park with the Route module. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in June: high temperatures in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park hover around 89°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Craig.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Painted Wall ©
Painted Wall
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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Craig

Craig ©
The City of Craig is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Moffat County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museum of Northwest Colorado and then walk around City Park.

Plan a Craig trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Craig with the Route module. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in June: high temperatures in Craig hover around 84°F and lows are around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Craig

Parks Museums
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City Park ©
City Park
Museum of Northwest Colorado ©
Museum of Northwest Colorado

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at McNenny State Fish Hatchery, steep yourself in history at Vore Buffalo Jump, then pause for some photo ops at Wind Circles, and finally explore the striking landscape at Devils Tower National Monument. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls, then immerse yourself in nature at Keyhole State Park, and then take in the pleasant sights at Tower Trail.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Devils Tower road trip planner.

You can drive from Craig to Devils Tower in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Craig in June: highs in Devils Tower hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Keyhole State Park, McNenny State Fish Hatchery, Spearfish Falls, Vore Buffalo Jump
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Vore Buffalo Jump
Vore Buffalo Jump
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Keyhole State Park ©
Keyhole State Park

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get your game on at Cosmos Mystery Area, appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial, contemplate the long history of Adams House, then take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, and finally admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Museum of Geology, trek along Castle Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Burns Basin Overlook.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip maker site.

You can drive from Devils Tower to Rapid City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Spearfish, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Adams House
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

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