12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chattanooga
Drive:  11​h 30​min
1
Kansas City
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 45​min
2
Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Cody
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Rock Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  22​h
End: Chattanooga

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night
Kansas City

Kansas City
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.
For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Kansas City route planner.

Chattanooga to Kansas City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chattanooga to Kansas City. When traveling from Chattanooga in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Kansas City, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. You will leave for Rapid City on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Parks Nightlife

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night
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
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 Loop Road, Wildlife Loop Road and Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City trip builder website .

Getting from Kansas City to Rapid City by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Rapid City is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kansas City in May; daily highs in Rapid City reach 67°F and lows reach 42°F. You will leave for Cody on the 27th (Sun).

Things to do in Rapid City

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Wildlife Loop Road, Loop Road
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road

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night
Cody

Cody
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.
To plan Cody vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Cody takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Rapid City in May, you will find days in Cody are slightly colder (62°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). On the 28th (Mon), you're off toYellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Outdoors Tours Parks

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hayden Valley. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in panoramic vistas at Observation Point Trail, identify plant and animal life at Lamar Valley, and hike along Artist Point.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Cody to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cody in May; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 52°F and lows reach 27°F. You will leave for Grand Teton National Park on the 31st (Thu).

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Chapel of the Sacred Heart, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Oxbow Bend Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oxbow Bend. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Jenny Lake, then explore the striking landscape of String Lake, and then cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Grand Teton National Park online day trip planner .

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rock Springs.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Jackson Hole
Highlights from your plan
Oxbow Bend ©
Oxbow Bend
String Lake ©
String Lake
Jenny Lake ©
Jenny Lake

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night
Rock Springs

Rock Springs ©
Rock Springs is a city in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take a memorable drive along Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rock Springs road trip website .

Drive from Grand Teton National Park to Rock Springs in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in June, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Rock Springs

Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop ©

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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 3rd (Sun): trek along Emerald Lake Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Rock Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

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