45 days in United States Itinerary

45 days in United States Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Kansas City
— 2 nights
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Devils Tower
— 3 nights
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Rapid City
— 3 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Yellowstone National Park
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Yellowstone National Park
— 11 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Bozeman, Fly to Seaside
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Seaside
— 4 nights
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Kansas City

— 2 nights
The city meets the Great Plains in Kansas City City, Kansas.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kansas City: Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery (in Fort Leavenworth) and Weston (Pirtle Winery & Weston tobacco company). There's much more to do: make a trip to Thompson Barn, see the interesting displays at 1950s All-Electric House, walk around Indian Creek Greenway, and explore the galleries of Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kansas City sightseeing planner.

Seattle to Kansas City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Seattle to Kansas City. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Kansas City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Devils Tower

— 3 nights
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
Explore Devils Tower's surroundings by going to Crook County Museum (in Sundance), Moorcroft (West Texas Trail Museum & Keyhole State Park) and Aladdin General Store (in Aladdin). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Devils Tower National Monument, examine the collection at Hulett Museum, pause for some photo ops at Wind Circles, and look for gifts at Devils Tower Trading Post.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Devils Tower trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kansas City to Devils Tower takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Devils Tower is minus 1 hour. In June in Devils Tower, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Custer (Black Hills National Forest & Iron Mountain Road) and Keystone (Presidential Trail, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Bear Country USA, get in on the family fun at Rushmore Tramway Adventures, stop by Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium, and wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip app.

Traveling by car from Devils Tower to Rapid City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in June, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 4 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.
Step out of Badlands National Park with an excursion to Hurley Butte Horseback Riding in Interior--about 40 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's much more to do: cruise along Loop Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Trail, and get great views at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Badlands National Park road trip planner.

Getting from Rapid City to Badlands National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Badlands National Park, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Hot Springs

— 2 nights
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, and then cruise along Wildlife Loop Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Jewel Cave National Monument and then get curious at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hot Springs vacation builder website.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Hot Springs takes 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Badlands National Park in June, with highs in Hot Springs at 73°F and lows at 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can fly to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 5 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Rocky Mountain National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area, take in the dramatic scenery at Ouzel Falls, and hike along Lily Lake Trailhead.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park holiday planner.

Drive from Hot Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hot Springs in July, with highs in Rocky Mountain National Park at 91°F and lows at 59°F. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Grand Canyon National Park

— 7 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 8th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, hike along South Kaibab Trail, and stroll through Rim Trail.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park online vacation maker.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, flight, and shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 84°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Yellowstone National Park

— 11 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.
Step out of Yellowstone National Park with an excursion to Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at West Thumb Geyser Basin, look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley, and stroll through Mount Washburn.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park day trip tool.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 9.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 73°F and lows reach 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

West Yellowstone

— 3 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around West Yellowstone: Horseback Riding Tours (in Gardiner), Johnny Sack Cabin (in Island Park) and Big Sky (The Soldiers Chapel & River Rafting & Tubing). There's much more to do: stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, explore the activities along Yellowstone River, find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and take in the dramatic scenery at Mesa Falls.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone trip maker app.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to West Yellowstone by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in West Yellowstone can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Seaside.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Seaside

— 4 nights
Seaside is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Go for a jaunt from Seaside to Nehalem to see Nehalem Bay State Park about 34 minutes away. Spend the 1st (Sun) exploring nature at Fort Clatsop National Memorial. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock, meet the residents at Seaside Aquarium, snap pictures at Astoria-Megler Bridge, and immerse yourself in nature at Fort Stevens State Park.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Seaside online trip builder.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Seaside by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from West Yellowstone to Seaside, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from West Yellowstone in July, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Seaside: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Seaside

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
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.