27 days in United States Itinerary

27 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route maker

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Denver
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Hot Springs
— 1 night
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Rapid City
— 3 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Sturgis
— 2 nights
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Deadwood
— 1 day
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Spearfish
— 2 nights
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Sundance
— 1 night
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Devils Tower
— 2 nights
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Laramie
— 2 nights
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Denver

— 3 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Shadow Mountain Gallery (in Evergreen) and Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip builder site.

Hartford to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Hartford in September, Denver is a bit cooler at night with lows of 52°F. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
On the 10th (Fri), walk around Garden of the Gods and then take a stroll through Old Colorado City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, then take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip maker website.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In September in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Estes Park

— 3 nights
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake). Next up on the itinerary: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take in the pleasant sights at Riverwalk in Downtown Estes Park.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Estes Park online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Estes Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Hot Springs

— 1 night
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. On the 16th (Thu), learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, then stroll through The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, then explore the fascinating underground world of Wind Cave National Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Windcross Conservancy.

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Fly from Estes Park to Hot Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in September: high temperatures in Hot Springs hover around 71°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Rapid City

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Breezy Point Picnic Area) and Custer (Sylvan Lake, Needles Eye Tunnel, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Bear Country USA, take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center, and see the interesting displays at South Dakota Air and Space Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City journey planner.

Getting from Hot Springs to Rapid City by car takes about an hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hot Springs in September since evenings lows in Rapid City dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 3 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.
Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panorama Point Overlook, and trek along Notch Trail.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park visit website.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Badlands National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rapid City in September: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Sturgis.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Sturgis

— 2 nights
Sturgis is a city in Meade County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Black Hill National Cemetery, explore the striking landscape of Black Hills National Forest, and then learn about winemaking at Belle Joli Winery Sparkling House. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, get engrossed in the history at Old Fort Meade Museum, and then admire the majestic nature at Bear Butte State Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Sturgis online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Sturgis takes 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Badlands National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sturgis: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Sturgis

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Deadwood

— 1 day
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 25th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio, pause for some photo ops at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, then get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, then explore the galleries of Adams House, and finally stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Deadwood day trip tool.

Deadwood is just a stone's throw from Sturgis. In September, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Spearfish.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Spearfish

— 2 nights
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, then take an in-depth tour of High Plains Western Heritage Center Museum, and finally explore and take pictures at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at McNenny State Fish Hatchery, then steep yourself in history at Vore Buffalo Jump, then go for a walk through Center of the Nation Monument, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Spearfish day trip planning tool.

Spearfish is just a stone's throw from Deadwood. In September, daytime highs in Spearfish are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sundance.

Things to do in Spearfish

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Sundance

— 1 night
Sundance is a town in and the county seat of Crook County, Wyoming, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get great views at Warren Peak Lookout Tower, then make a trip to Aladdin General Store, and then see the interesting displays at Crook County Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sundance trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Spearfish to Sundance in an hour. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Spearfish to Sundance. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in September, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Sundance

Museums

Side Trip

Devils Tower

— 2 nights
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): make a trip to Tower Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Tower National Monument, and then pause for some photo ops at Wind Circles. On the next day, stop by Devils Tower Trading Post, see the interesting displays at Hulett Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Rogue's Gallery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Devils Tower trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Sundance to Devils Tower takes an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Laramie.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Laramie

— 2 nights
Laramie is a city and the county seat of Albany County, Wyoming, United States. On the 1st (Fri), steep yourself in history at Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site, then delve into the lush surroundings at Medicine Bow National Forest, then admire the masterpieces at University of Wyoming Art Museum, and finally deepen your understanding at University of Wyoming. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Ames Monument, take in the awesome beauty at Vedauwoo, then admire all the interesting features of Snowy Range Scenic Byway, and finally view the masterpieces at Country Junction.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Laramie road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Devils Tower to Laramie takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Devils Tower in September, Laramie is slightly colder at night with lows of 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Laramie

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.