13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

Make it your trip
Drive
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Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Fly

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Keystone

— 2 nights

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.
On the 21st (Mon), see the interesting displays at Keystone Historical Museum, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then see the interesting displays at Gutzon Borglum Historical Center, and finally stop by Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Keystone travel planner.

Springfield to Keystone is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Springfield to Keystone is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Springfield in September, things will get a bit cooler in Keystone: highs are around 71°F and lows about 45°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Tue) before leaving for Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 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.
On the 23rd (Wed), take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, make a trip to Petrified Tree, take a memorable drive along Firehole Lake Drive, then explore the striking landscape at Artists Paintpots, then take in the natural beauty of Beryl Spring, and finally explore the activities along Lehardy's Rapids. On the next day, hike along Osprey Falls Trail, hike along Observation Point Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Butte Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Sheepeater Cliffs, then explore the striking landscape at Golden Gate Canyon, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Monument Geyser Basin.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Keystone to Yellowstone National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and car. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Keystone in September, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 60°F and lows at 33°F. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Fri) before leaving for Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Grand Canyon National Park

— 5 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at South Kaibab Trail and Yaki Point. Get a sense of the local culture at Kolb Studio and Grand Canyon Railway Depot. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of East Rim Drive, get great views at Powell Point, stroll through Moran Point, and explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park vacation planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 75°F and 43°F. You will leave for Mesa Verde National Park on the 30th (Wed).

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 30th (Wed), hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park travel planning app.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. September in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.