10 days in Western US, Hill City & Wall Itinerary

10 days in Western US, Hill City & Wall Itinerary

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10 days in Western US, Hill City & Wall Itinerary

Start: Memphis
Fly:  5​h
1
Denver
— Few hours
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
6
Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Hill City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Wall
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Memphis

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Denver

Denver ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver itinerary planner .

Memphis to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Memphis to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Memphis in September: high temperatures in Denver hover around 79°F and lows are around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

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night
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Peek-A-Boo Loop and then hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bryce Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Denver to Bryce Canyon National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Denver in September, things will get a bit cooler in Bryce Canyon National Park: highs are around 70°F and lows about 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Peek-A-Boo Loop ©
Peek-A-Boo Loop

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally take in panoramic vistas at High Roller.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas tour itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 93°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in September, with highs in San Francisco at 76°F and lows at 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Seattle day trip site .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Seattle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. September in Seattle sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Nature
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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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.
On the 21st (Sat), trek along Cascade Canyon Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Teton.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Grand Teton National Park trip builder app .

Getting from Seattle to Grand Teton National Park by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Seattle in September since evenings lows in Grand Teton National Park dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Cascade Canyon Trail ©
Cascade Canyon Trail

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, hike along Artist Point, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in September, things will get a bit cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 60°F and lows about 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Hill City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Yellowstone Lake ©
Yellowstone Lake
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

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night
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. On the 24th (Tue), explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, then get engrossed in the history at Civilian Conservation Corps Museum of South Dakota, and finally explore and take pictures at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hill City road trip planner .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Hill City by combination of car and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September: high temperatures in Hill City hover around 71°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Hill City

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): cruise along Loop Road, then brush up on your military savvy at Delta-09 Missile Silo, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Wall trip builder .

You can drive from Hill City to Wall in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Hill City in September, expect nights in Wall to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wall

Scenic Drive Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Delta-09 Missile Silo ©
Delta-09 Missile Silo

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