11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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Sioux City
— 1 night
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Badlands National Park
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
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Golden
— 3 nights
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Kansas City
— 2 nights
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Sioux City — 1 night

Sioux City is a city in Woodbury and Plymouth counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Iowa. For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sioux City trip itinerary builder site.

Decatur to Sioux City is an approximately 8.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Decatur in May, plan for little chillier nights in Sioux City, with lows around 48°F. On the 21st (Sat), you're off to Badlands National Park.
Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead as well as Loop Road. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): cruise along Loop Road and then trek along Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip maker.

Drive from Sioux City to Badlands National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sioux City in May since evenings lows in Badlands National Park dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.
Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Scenic Drive

Rapid City — 2 nights

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper & Show. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in a show at Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper & Show.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rapid City driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Badlands National Park in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to West Yellowstone.
Parks · Nature · Nightlife · Wildlife
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West Yellowstone — 2 nights

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our West Yellowstone itinerary website.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Rapid City to West Yellowstone in 10 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Rapid City in May, expect West Yellowstone to be a bit cooler, temps between 57°F and 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Golden.
Wildlife · Tours · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Golden — 3 nights

Golden represents a former Wild West town that happens to be the burial place of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stroll around Colorado Chautauqua: Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Coors Brewery, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Golden visit app.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from West Yellowstone to Golden takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in May: high temperatures in Golden hover around 66°F and lows are around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to fly to Kansas City.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums
Side Trip

Kansas City — 2 nights

The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): learn about all things military at National WWI Museum and Memorial, then take an in-depth tour of Arabia Steamboat Museum, and then look for gifts at Kansas City River Market.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kansas City trip planner.

You can fly from Golden to Kansas City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of tram and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Golden to Kansas City is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Golden in May; daily highs in Kansas City reach 76°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
Museums · Shopping

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.