15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip maker

Make it your trip
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Rapid City
— 1 night
Fly
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Rapid City

— 1 night

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 17th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and finally take an unforgettable tour with Black Hills Helicopters. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, stop by Alex Johnson Mercantile, and then get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens.

For maps and other tourist information, read our Rapid City day trip planning app.

Milwaukee to Rapid City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Milwaukee to Rapid City. In July in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 2 nights

Crown of the Continent

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
On the 19th (Mon), appreciate the views at Logan Pass, then admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, then take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook, and finally cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Avalanche Lake and then explore the activities along Lake McDonald.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip website.

Getting from Rapid City to Glacier National Park by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Glacier National Park when traveling from Rapid City in July, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washburn and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Morning Glory Pool, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, then take in the natural beauty of Solitary Geyser, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and finally take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Glacier National Park in July, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 73°F and lows at 39°F. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Moab.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Moab

— 1 night

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then stroll through Bike Fiend, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Moab trip builder tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Yellowstone National Park to Moab takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, train, and car. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July; daily highs in Moab reach 97°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Parks

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Bring the kids along to Grand Canyon South Rim and Rim Trail. On the 25th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: trot along with Canyon Trail Rides, take some stellar pictures from Pipe Creek Vista, tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, and take the plunge with Paragon Skydive.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park travel planner.

Drive from Moab to Grand Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Moab in July, things will get slightly colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 84°F and lows about 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Albuquerque

— 1 night

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, then stop by The Candy Lady, and then engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

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You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Albuquerque in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, expect Albuquerque to be a bit warmer, temps between 91°F and 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, then find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and then walk around Garden of the Gods.

To see ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Albuquerque to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Albuquerque in July, things will get little chillier in Colorado Springs: highs are around 86°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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.

Utah travel guide

4.7
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.

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.