12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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Badlands National Park
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Rapid City
— 1 night
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Keystone
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Hardin
— 1 night
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Red Lodge
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
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North Platte
— 1 night
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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.
On the 12th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall and then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park road trip planning website.

Lakeville to Badlands National Park is an approximately 5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lakeville to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Lakeville in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks

Rapid City

— 1 night

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City travel route website.

Drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Rapid City, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 62°F. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Tue) before leaving for Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Wildlife · Parks
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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 13th (Tue): stroll through Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Keystone attractions planning tool.

Keystone is just a short distance from Rapid City. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rapid City in July, with highs in Keystone at 80°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hardin.

Things to do in Keystone

Nature · Parks
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Hardin

— 1 night
Hardin is a city in and the county seat of Big Horn County, Montana, United States. Discover how to plan a Hardin trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Keystone to Hardin by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Keystone in July: high temperatures in Hardin hover around 8°F and lows are around 8°F. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Red Lodge.

Things to do in Hardin

Nature · Museums · Tours · Parks

Red Lodge

Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Beartooth Hwy.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Red Lodge trip planning tool.

Drive from Hardin to Red Lodge in 2 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Hardin in July; daily highs in Red Lodge reach 83°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Red Lodge

Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Butte Overlook, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and identify plant and animal life at Lamar Valley.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip builder tool.

Getting from Red Lodge to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. In July, Yellowstone National Park is a bit cooler than Red Lodge - with highs of 73°F and lows of 39°F. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to 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 18th (Sun), admire all the interesting features of 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, then admire all the interesting features of Signal Mountain Summit Road, and then take some stellar pictures from Jenny Lake Overlook.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, you will find days in Grand Teton National Park are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Colorado Springs

— 3 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, then walk around Garden of the Gods, then admire the sheer force of The Broadmoor Seven Falls, and finally take a stroll through Old Colorado City.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online attractions planner.

Getting from Grand Teton National Park to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in July, expect Colorado Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 58°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Thu) before leaving for Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the activities along Sprague Lake.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to North Platte.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature · Parks
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North Platte

— 1 night
North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our North Platte journey maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rocky Mountain National Park to North Platte. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park to North Platte, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in North Platte sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 61°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in North Platte

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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.