25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

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Lawrence
— 1 night
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
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Moab
— 6 nights
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Vail
— 1 night
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Cheyenne
— 3 nights
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Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
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Bozeman
— 1 night
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Devils Tower
— 1 night
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Custer
— 1 night
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Sioux Falls
— 1 night

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Lawrence

— 1 night
Lawrence is the sixth largest city in the state of Kansas and the county seat of Douglas County, Kansas. On the 31st (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, admire the natural beauty at Ted Ensley Gardens, and then stop by Mass Street Soda.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lawrence trip planner.

Syracuse to Lawrence is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Syracuse to Lawrence is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Syracuse in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lawrence: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Lawrence

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): stroll through High Dune Trail and then explore the activities along Little Medano Creek.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Lawrence to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lawrence to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lawrence in August, expect nights in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to be colder, around 45°F, while days are little chillier, around 80°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
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Mesa Verde National Park

— 3 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Step out of the city life by going to Spruce Canyon Trail and Farming Terraces. Cliff Palace and Spruce Tree House will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Mesa Verde National Park with an excursion to Four Corners Monument in Teec Nos Pos--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Long House, admire all the interesting features of Ruins Road, don't miss a visit to Step House, and explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park online trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Mesa Verde National Park. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in August: high temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 86°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Moab

— 6 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
You've added High Point Hummer and ATV, Paddle Moab, Raven's Rim Adventure Tours, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Tom Till Gallery and Gallery Moab LCA. Step off the beaten path and head to Delicate Arch and Island in the Sky. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moab: Mesa Arch (in Canyonlands National Park) and Arches National Park (Tunnel Arch, Landscape Arch, &more). And it doesn't end there: hike along Double Arch, take a memorable drive along La Sal Mountain Loop, take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch, and stroll through Grandstaff Canyon Trail.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Moab holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Moab in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, with highs in Moab at 92°F and lows at 63°F. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Thu) before leaving for Vail.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Vail

— 1 night

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Adventure Ridge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Vail trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Moab to Vail takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Moab, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Vail, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 46°F. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cheyenne.

Things to do in Vail

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors
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Cheyenne

— 3 nights
Cheyenne is the capital and most populous city of the US state of Wyoming and the county seat of Laramie County. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Alberta Falls and Sky Pond. Escape the urban bustle at Vedauwoo and Gem Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cheyenne: Ouzel Falls (in Rocky Mountain National Park) and Devil's Backbone Open Space (in Loveland). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, head outdoors with Paul Smith Children's Village, and take a memorable drive along Happy Jack Road.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cheyenne trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Vail to Cheyenne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vail in August, expect Cheyenne to be a bit warmer, temps between 82°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Cheyenne

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Jackson Hole

— 2 nights
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get great views at Snake River Overlook, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Sacred Heart, then take in breathtaking views at Cascade Canyon, and finally cruise along Moose Wilson Road.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Jackson Hole online visit planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Cheyenne to Jackson Hole takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cheyenne in August, Jackson Hole is slightly colder at night with lows of 43°F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Bozeman.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Bozeman

— 1 night
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. On the 18th (Wed), explore the activities along Gallatin River.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bozeman vacation tool.

You can drive from Jackson Hole to Bozeman in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Jackson Hole in August, you will find days in Bozeman are a bit warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (47°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Devils Tower

— 1 night
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
On the 20th (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at Tower Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Devils Tower National Monument.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Devils Tower day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Devils Tower takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bozeman in August since evenings lows in Devils Tower dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Parks · Nature

Custer

— 1 night
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Custer driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Devils Tower to Custer in 2 hours. Traveling from Devils Tower in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Custer, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature

Badlands National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): hike along Castle Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, and finally explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, then explore the striking landscape of Burns Basin Overlook, then explore the striking landscape of Homestead Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape at Conata Basin Overlook.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park tour builder website.

Getting from Custer to Badlands National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Custer in August: high temperatures in Badlands National Park hover around 87°F and lows are around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Sioux Falls

— 1 night
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum, stroll through The Blood Run Nature Area, then contemplate the long history of Pettigrew Home & Museum, and finally stroll around Arrowhead Park.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sioux Falls vacation planner.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in August: highs in Sioux Falls hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 60°F.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.