11 days in Badlands National Park & Western US Itinerary

11 days in Badlands National Park & Western US Itinerary

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11 days in Badlands National Park & Western US Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + taxi:  8​h
1
Badlands National Park
— Few hours
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + bus:  5​h
7
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
11
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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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.
To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Badlands National Park road trip app .

Washington DC to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Washington DC in June since evenings lows in Badlands National Park dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road

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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.
On the 21st (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, hike along Artist Point, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Badlands National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Badlands National Park in June, expect nights in Yellowstone National Park to be colder, around 34°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

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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 22nd (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Grand Teton.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Grand Teton National Park itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 3 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Grand Teton National Park, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seattle Aquarium, wander the streets of Pike Place Market, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Seattle holiday planner.

You can fly from Grand Teton National Park to Seattle in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Teton National Park to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Seattle, with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Seattle Aquarium ©
Seattle Aquarium

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 24th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To plan San Francisco vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. June in San Francisco sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are little chillier (43°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Anaheim day trip site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Anaheim by combination of car, flight, and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect much hotter with lows of 64°F in Anaheim. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego route planner.

Getting from Anaheim to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Anaheim in June, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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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 28th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally have some family-friendly fun at The Roller Coaster.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip itinerary site .

Getting from San Diego to Las Vegas by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from San Diego in June: highs in Las Vegas hover around 103°F, while lows dip to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Roller Coaster ©
The Roller Coaster

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, get great views at Grandview Point, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Las Vegas in June: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Grandview Point ©
Grandview Point

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park tour planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. June in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 46°F at night. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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