19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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19 days in United States Itinerary

Minneapolis
Drive:  8​h 45​min
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Devils Tower
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 10 nights
Drive:  11​h
Denver

2
days
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
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.
On the 29th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, explore the different attractions at Prairie Homestead Historic Site, and then cruise along Loop Road. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip builder app .

Minneapolis to Badlands National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Philip, Wall Drug
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Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

2
days
Custer

Custer ©
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 31st (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Presidential Trail, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jewel Cave National Monument and then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Custer holiday planner.

Drive from Badlands National Park to Custer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Custer are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Custer

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails

Side Trip

Keystone
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

2
days
Devils Tower

Devils Tower ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Aladdin General Store, then explore the world behind art at Rogue's Gallery, and then contemplate the geological forces at Devils Tower National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): stop by Devils Tower Trading Post, then examine the collection at Crook County Museum, and then admire the majestic nature at Keyhole State Park.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Devils Tower trip planner .

You can drive from Custer to Devils Tower in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Devils Tower

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Keyhole State Park, Aladdin General Store, Rogue's Gallery, Crook County Museum
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Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Keyhole State Park ©
Keyhole State Park
Rogue's Gallery ©
Rogue's Gallery

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): trek along Artist Point, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and then get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of West Thumb Geyser Basin.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Devils Tower to Yellowstone National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and car. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Devils Tower in August, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 71°F and lows at 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin

10
days
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Get some historical perspective at Tusayan Museum and Hermit's Rest. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kolb Studio and Toroweap Point. On the 7th (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House, trek along Hermit Trail, and stroll through Rim Trail.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip tool .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 80°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

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