10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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Drive
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Midland
— Few hours
Fly to Rapid City Regional Airport, Drive to Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Keystone
— 2 nights
Fly
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Maswik Lodge
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Denver
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Midland

Midland is a city in the U.S. On the 7th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Dow Gardens and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Midland City Forest.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Midland online road trip planner.

Detroit to Midland is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Traveling from Detroit in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 57°F in Midland. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Midland

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Conata Basin Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at White River Valley Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and finally explore and take pictures at Loop Road.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park journey planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Midland to Badlands National Park. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Midland to Badlands National Park. Traveling from Midland in August, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 87°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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Keystone

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road, admire all the interesting features of Wildlife Loop Road, and then go for a walk through Sunday Gulch Trail.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Keystone journey planner.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Keystone in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in August: high temperatures in Keystone hover around 77°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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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 11th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Many Parks Curve Overlook, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Estes Park journey builder website.

Traveling by flight from Keystone to Estes Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Keystone in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Estes Park: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

2
nights
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.
On the 13th (Thu), take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along South Kaibab Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park journey maker tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Estes Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 9.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in August, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 80°F and 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

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Denver

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Phoenix Gold Mine. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens and then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver online travel route planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Denver by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Denver when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Adventure

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.