12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Malta
— 1 night
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Thermopolis
— 1 night
Drive
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Jensen
— 1 night
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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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.
Family-friendly places like Bear Country USA and Downtown Rapid City will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone) and Custer (Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park, &more). It doesn't end there: meet the residents at Reptile Gardens.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rapid City travel planner.

New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in June since evenings lows in Rapid City dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Malta.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Malta

— 1 night
Malta is a city in, and the county seat of, Phillips County, Montana, United States, located at the intersection of U.S. Routes 2 and 191. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Phillips County Museum, then engage your brain at Great Plains Dinosaur Museum, and then explore the activities along Bowdoin Lake.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Malta journey builder website.

Getting from Rapid City to Malta by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rapid City in June since evenings lows in Malta dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Thermopolis.

Things to do in Malta

Museums · Nature · Parks · Childrens Museums

Thermopolis

— 1 night
Thermopolis is the largest town in, and the county seat of Hot Springs County, Wyoming, United States. On the 9th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Wind River Canyon, then take in the natural beauty of The Star Plunge, and then engage your brain at Wyoming Dinosaur Center.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Thermopolis online journey planner.

Drive from Malta to Thermopolis in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Malta in June, expect nights in Thermopolis to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are slightly colder, around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Jensen.

Things to do in Thermopolis

Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks · Nature

Jensen

— 1 night
Jensen is a census-designated place in eastern Uintah County, Utah, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): hike along Jones Hole Trail, browse the exhibits of Quarry Exhibit Hall, and then explore the striking landscape of Dinosaur National Monument visitor center.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Jensen day trip app.

Getting from Thermopolis to Jensen by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Thermopolis in June, you will find days in Jensen are a bit warmer (87°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Jensen

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, walk around Buena Vista River Park, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the next day, see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Sundance and Friends, and then see Off-Road Tours.

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You can drive from Jensen to Buena Vista in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Jensen in June, things will get little chillier in Buena Vista: highs are around 79°F and lows about 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Garden of the Gods and Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Cañon City--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, walk around Red Rock Canyon Open Space, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, and view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Buena Vista in June since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.