12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Denver
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Fort Smith
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Jensen
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10​h
End: Newark

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Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner .

Newark to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Newark to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Denver, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lookout Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Lookout Mountain ©
Lookout Mountain

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night
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.
On the 16th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls, take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road, then explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip builder site .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jensen.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio, get curious at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, then take an in-depth tour of Black Hills Mining Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Days of '76 Museum, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, then appreciate the views at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, and then make a trip to Mt Roosevelt Monument.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Deadwood trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Deadwood in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Deadwood: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fort Smith.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Lead, Bridal Veil Falls
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Black Hills Mining Museum ©
Black Hills Mining Museum
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Days of '76 Museum ©
Days of '76 Museum

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night
Fort Smith

Fort Smith ©
Fort Smith is a census-designated place (CDP) in Big Horn County, Montana, United States. On the 19th (Mon), make a trip to Crow Indian Reservation, admire the engineering at Yellowtail Dam, and then look for gifts at Bighorn Trout Shop.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Fort Smith sightseeing planner .

Drive from Deadwood to Fort Smith in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Deadwood to Fort Smith, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August in Fort Smith, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Fort Smith

Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Crow Indian Reservation
Highlights from your plan
Yellowtail Dam ©
Yellowtail Dam
Crow Indian Reservation ©
Crow Indian Reservation

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night
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 20th (Tue), take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, then take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Biscuit Basin.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park online travel planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fort Smith to Yellowstone National Park. Traveling from Fort Smith in August, expect nights in Yellowstone National Park to be much colder, around 38°F, while days are little chillier, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin
Biscuit Basin ©
Biscuit Basin
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Menor's Ferry Historical Trail, cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, and then appreciate the views at Leigh Lake.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Grand Teton National Park sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 3 hours. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Teton National Park, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

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

2
nights
Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole ©
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Laurance Rockefeller Preserve, then pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady Of The Mountains, and then admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Wildlife Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Bridger Gondola and then head outdoors with Wild Things of Wyoming.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Jackson Hole road trip planning site .

Drive from Grand Teton National Park to Jackson Hole in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Jackson Hole are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jensen.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Laurance Rockefeller Preserve ©
Laurance Rockefeller Preserve
National Museum of Wildlife Art ©
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Our Lady Of The Mountains ©
Our Lady Of The Mountains

1
night
Jensen

Jensen ©
Jensen is a census-designated place in eastern Uintah County, Utah, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Josie Morris Cabin, then contemplate the long history of McKee Springs Petroglyphs, then get a new perspective on nature at Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center, and finally explore the striking landscape of Dinosaur National Monument visitor center.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Jensen trip planner .

Drive from Jackson Hole to Jensen in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Jackson Hole in August; daily highs in Jensen reach 86°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jensen

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Quarry Exhibit Hall ©
Quarry Exhibit Hall
Josie Morris Cabin ©
Josie Morris Cabin

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