17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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Rapid City
— 4 nights
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Arches National Park
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
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Washington DC
— 4 nights

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Attractions like Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Storybook Island make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Custer (Iron Mountain Road & Wildlife Loop Road). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, have some family-friendly fun at Cosmos Mystery Area, get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, and wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rapid City day trip tool.

New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Rapid City. Traveling from New York City in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rapid City, with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Theme Parks · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Storybook Island ©
Storybook Island
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Fiery Furnace, then don't miss a visit to Delicate Arch, and then hike along Double Arch.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Arches National Park tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Rapid City to Arches National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Rapid City in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Arches National Park: temperatures range from 95°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
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 Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, take a memorable drive along Point Imperial Drive, make a trip to Grand Canyon Village, and take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 6.5 hours. In June, Grand Canyon National Park is little chillier than Arches National Park - with highs of 85°F and lows of 42°F. On the 13th (Sat), you'll travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

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Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at National Zoological Park, get a sense of history and politics at Library of Congress, see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum, and pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Washington DC day trip planning app.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Washington DC by car takes about 34 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much hotter in Washington DC, with lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History ©

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