11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cody
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
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Rapid City

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): stop by The Farmer's Daughter, learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, get engrossed in the history at South Dakota State Railroad Museum, see the interesting displays at Custer County 1881 Courthouse, then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Stockade Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museum of Geology, stroll the grounds of Black Hill National Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Days of '76 Museum, then go deep underground at Broken Boot Gold Mine, then hike along Deadwood Trailhead George S. Mickelson Trail, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City attractions tool.

Cincinnati to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cincinnati in June: highs in Rapid City hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can fly to Cody.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cody

— 2 nights

Preferred Gateway to Yellowstone

A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Draper Natural History Museum, explore the world behind art at Whitney Western Art Museum, take an in-depth tour of Buffalo Bill Center of the West, then examine the collection at Cody Firearms Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum. On the next day, admire the sheer force of The Buffalo Bill Reservoir, admire the majestic nature at Buffalo Bill State Park, see Off-Road Tours, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Beartooth Basin, and finally take an in-depth tour of Historic Cody Mural and Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cody travel planning tool.

Getting from Rapid City to Cody by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Cody when traveling from Rapid City in June, with lows around 51°F. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Yellowstone National Park

— 5 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Take a break from the city and head to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and West Thumb Geyser Basin. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Midway Geyser Basin and Black Sand Basin. The adventure continues: trek along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, take in the natural beauty of Daisy Geyser, get outside with Morning Glory Pool, and take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls.

Before you visit Yellowstone National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Cody to Yellowstone National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cody in June, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 66°F and lows at 34°F. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Fri) before leaving for Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Grand Teton National Park

— 1 night

Mountains of the Imagination

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 2nd (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Inspiration Point, explore the stunning scenery at Cascade Canyon, explore the striking landscape at Glacier View Turnout, then take in the awesome beauty at Teton Point Turnout, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Sacred Heart, and finally trek along Menor's Ferry Historical Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Teton National Park vacation app.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July: highs in Grand Teton National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 44°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

United States travel guide

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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.