41 days in United States Itinerary

41 days in United States Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Deadwood
— 2 nights
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Devils Tower
— 1 night
Drive
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Buffalo
— 2 nights
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Cody
— 3 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Jackson Hole
— 3 nights
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Rock Springs
— 1 night
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Vernal
— 2 nights
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Moab
— 5 nights
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Cortez
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 3 nights
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Cañon City
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ben Reifel Visitor Center as well as Prairie Homestead. Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panorama Point Overlook, and hike along Door Trail.

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Knoxville to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Knoxville in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Badlands National Park, with lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Rapid City

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, cruise along Iron Mountain Road, then look for gifts at Alex Johnson Mercantile, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Rapid City online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in September, expect nights in Rapid City to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are little chillier, around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Deadwood

— 2 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Deadwood is known for historic sites, nightlife, and casinos. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, get curious at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, see the interesting displays at Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, and get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Deadwood day trip planning app.

Getting from Rapid City to Deadwood by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

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 8th (Wed), take in the pleasant sights at Tower Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Tower National Monument, and then look for gifts at Devils Tower Trading Post.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Devils Tower online travel route planner.

You can drive from Deadwood to Devils Tower in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Deadwood to Devils Tower, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September in Devils Tower, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Buffalo.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Nature · Parks · Shopping

Buffalo

— 2 nights
Buffalo is a city in Johnson County, Wyoming, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum, explore and take pictures at US Highway 16, and then see the interesting displays at The Historic Occidental Hotel Museum. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at The Brinton Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Fort Phil Kearny, and then tee off at Buffalo Golf Club.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Buffalo vacation maker website.

You can drive from Devils Tower to Buffalo in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Buffalo can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Cody.

Things to do in Buffalo

Museums · Outdoors · Golf · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Cody

— 3 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.
When in Cody, make a side trip to see Clay Butte Fire Lookout Tower in Cooke City, approximately Cooke City away. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Beartooth Hwy, admire all the interesting features of Chief Joseph Hwy, steep yourself in history at Old Trail Town, and learn more about the world around you at Draper Natural History Museum.

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Getting from Buffalo to Cody by car takes about 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Cody are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake, and explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Cody to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cody in September; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 60°F and lows reach 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks

Jackson Hole

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Grand Teton National Park (Grand Teton, Cascade Canyon, &more). The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Yellowstone Day Tours, don't miss a visit to Town Square, and explore the world behind art at National Museum of Wildlife Art.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Jackson Hole vacation planner.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, expect nights in Jackson Hole to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rock Springs.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Rock Springs

— 1 night
Rock Springs is a city in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum - Western Wyoming Community College, then admire all the interesting features of Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop, and then walk around Expedition Island Park.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rock Springs online travel route builder.

You can drive from Jackson Hole to Rock Springs in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Jackson Hole in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rock Springs, with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Vernal.

Things to do in Rock Springs

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Vernal

— 2 nights
Vernal, the county seat and largest city in Uintah County is in northeastern Utah, United States, about 175mi east of Salt Lake City and west of the Colorado border. When in Vernal, make a side trip to see Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in Manila, approximately Manila away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Dinosaur National Monument visitor center, appreciate the history behind Seasonally Decorated Dinosaur, take in the dramatic natural features at Moonshine Arch, and get a new perspective on nature at Quarry Exhibit Hall.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Vernal day trip app.

Getting from Rock Springs to Vernal by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Rock Springs in September, expect nights in Vernal to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Moab.

Things to do in Vernal

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Moab

— 5 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Change things up with these side-trips from Moab: Arches National Park (Fiery Furnace & Delicate Arch). On the 24th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, explore and take pictures at Arches National Park Scenic Drive, immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, and surround yourself with nature on Deep Desert Expeditions.

To find out how to plan a trip to Moab, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Vernal to Moab takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Vernal in September, expect Moab to be a bit warmer, temps between 84°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Cortez

— 2 nights
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, explore the ancient world of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, then learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, and finally take an in-depth tour of Cortez Cultural Center. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

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You can drive from Moab to Cortez in 2 hours. Traveling from Moab in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cortez, with lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Durango

— 3 nights
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durango: Pagosa Springs (Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa & Spas). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Rotary Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Durango trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Cortez to Durango takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Durango are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cañon City.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

Cañon City

— 2 nights

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): trek along Tunnel Drive, admire the striking features of The Abbey Events Complex, then admire all the interesting features of Skyline Drive, and finally learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey. On your second day here, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then look for gifts at The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then cruise along Shelf Rd.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cañon City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Cañon City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Durango in October, expect Cañon City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 71°F and 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Cañon City

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Denver (Molly Brown House Museum, Denver Botanic Gardens, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City, and learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

Drive from Cañon City to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Cañon City in October, with lows around 39°F. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.