12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
1
Saint Louis
— Few hours
Drive:  13​h 30​min
2
Manitou Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  23​h
End: Saint Louis

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Saint Louis

Saint Louis
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Saint Louis online trip planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Saint Louis. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 57°F. You will leave for Manitou Springs on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Nightlife Fun & Games

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Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs ©
Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
You've now added Manitou Springs Incline to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore by horseback at Monument Rock Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Manitou Springs trip planner.

Fly from Saint Louis to Manitou Springs in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In May, Manitou Springs is slightly colder than Saint Louis - with highs of 64°F and lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Monument Rock Trail, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Monument Rock Trail ©
Monument Rock Trail

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night
Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): look for gifts at Brownfield's, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Estes Park online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Manitou Springs to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Manitou Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock

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nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

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 2nd (Sun): appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, and then trek along Lily Lake Trailhead.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park road trip site .

Rocky Mountain National Park is just a stone's throw from Estes Park. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. You will leave for Yellowstone National Park on the 4th (Tue).

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes

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nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Uncle Tom's Trail and Midway Geyser Basin. Step off the beaten path and head to Firehole Canyon Drive and West Thumb Geyser Basin. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Loop Road, trek along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, don't miss a visit to Artist Point, and take in the dramatic natural features at Biscuit Basin.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Yellowstone National Park by combination of car, bus, and flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, things will get colder in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 66°F and lows about 34°F. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Uncle Tom's Trail ©
Uncle Tom's Trail
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
Firehole Canyon Drive ©
Firehole Canyon Drive

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