18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Knoxville
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  12​h
Amarillo
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  14​h
Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  14​h 30​min
Branson
— 2 nights
Drive:  12​h
Knoxville

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Memphis

Memphis
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Memphis itinerary planner .

Knoxville to Memphis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Knoxville to Memphis due to the time zone difference. July in Memphis sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 74°F at night. You will leave for Amarillo on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Memphis

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Amarillo

Amarillo ©
Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Amarillo online travel route builder .

You can fly from Memphis to Amarillo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Amarillo when traveling from Memphis in July, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Durango.

Things to do in Amarillo

Historic Sites
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Harrington House Historic Home ©
Harrington House Historic Home

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Durango

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House and then admire all the interesting features of Ruins Road.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Durango travel planning website .

Traveling by flight from Amarillo to Durango takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Durango when traveling from Amarillo in July, with lows around 54°F. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Adventure

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Mesa Verde National Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Spruce Tree House
Spruce Tree House

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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jenny Lake and Oxbow Bend Turnout, Grand Teton National Park. Visiting Jenny Lake Trail and Grand Teton will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive and contemplate the long history of Mormon Row Historic District.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Teton National Park trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Durango to Grand Teton National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

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Jenny Lake
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Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Midway Geyser Basin and Biscuit Basin. Get in touch with nature at Artist Point and Grand Prismatic Spring. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, take in the dramatic scenery at Wraith Falls, and take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park tour builder app .

Getting from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Yellowstone National Park sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 40°F at night. On the 13th (Fri), you're off toEstes Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

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Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, explore the activities along Sprague Lake, and then learn about winemaking at Snowy Peaks Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then steep yourself in history at Holzwarth Historic Site, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park day trip tool .

Do a combination of car, flight, bus, and taxi from Yellowstone National Park to Estes Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Estes Park: highs are around 91°F and lows about 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Branson.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Lily Lake ©
Lily Lake
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Sprague Lake ©
Sprague Lake

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Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
On the 17th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake, then stroll through Talking Rocks Cavern, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonshine Beach. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Veterans Memorial Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Branson trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Branson takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Estes Park in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 68°F in Branson. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Branson

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Table Rock Lake
Highlights from your plan
Talking Rocks Cavern ©
Talking Rocks Cavern
Veterans Memorial Museum
Veterans Memorial Museum
Moonshine Beach ©
Moonshine Beach