15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Deadwood
— 1 night
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Keystone
— 3 nights
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Cody
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
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Deadwood

— 1 night
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio, contemplate the long history of Adams House, then make a trip to Deadwood Model Train, then identify plant and animal life at Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Deadwood trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

New York City to Deadwood is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Deadwood. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in October; daily highs in Deadwood reach 59°F and lows reach 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 20th (Tue), stroll through Castle Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Homestead Overlook, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Burns Basin Overlook.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Badlands National Park. Traveling from Deadwood in October, you will find days in Badlands National Park are somewhat warmer (65°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Keystone.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Keystone

— 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Black Hills Helicopters and The Museum @ Black Hills Institute. Museum-lovers will appreciate Gutzon Borglum Historical Center and Keystone Historical Museum. Go for a jaunt from Keystone to Custer to see Legion Lake about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Elk Peak, hike along Presidential Trail, look for gifts at Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium, and make a trip to Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Keystone trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Keystone in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Keystone, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cody.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Cody

— 2 nights

Preferred Gateway to Yellowstone

A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Chief Joseph Hwy, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dead Indian Summit Overlook, then get engrossed in the history at Historic Cody Mural and Museum, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Paul Stock Nature Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Whitney Western Art Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Draper Natural History Museum, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally look for gifts at Sierra Trading Post.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cody trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Keystone to Cody in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Cody are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 7 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Grand Loop Road and Mud Volcano. Step out of the city life by going to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Biscuit Basin. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lone Star Geyser, explore the stunning scenery at S Rim Trail, relax and rejuvenate at Boiling River, and take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park day trip planning site.

Drive from Cody to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. In October, Yellowstone National Park is slightly colder than Cody - with highs of 47°F and lows of 25°F. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.