12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary 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 26th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall and then cruise along Loop Road.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip planner.

Lakeville to Badlands National Park is an approximately 5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Lakeville to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lakeville in June: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Scenic Drive · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

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.
Bear Country USA has been added to your itinerary.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rapid City trip planner.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Badlands National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 57°F at night. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Wildlife
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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.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): stroll through Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For maps and more tourist information, you can read our Keystone trip planner.

Keystone is very close to Rapid City. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rapid City in June, with highs in Keystone at 73°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough 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. To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hardin trip planner.

You can drive from Keystone to Hardin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Keystone in June, expect Hardin to be colder, temps between 8°F and 8°F. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Red Lodge.

Things to do in Hardin

Nature · Parks · Museums · Tours

Red Lodge

Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. You've now added Beartooth Hwy to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): cruise along Beartooth Hwy.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Red Lodge visit planner.

Traveling by car from Hardin to Red Lodge takes 2 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Hardin in June; daily highs in Red Lodge reach 75°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) 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.
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone has been added to your itinerary. Kids will appreciate attractions like Old Faithful and Lamar Valley. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, hike along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, explore the striking landscape of Lake Butte Overlook, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park road trip planner.

Drive from Red Lodge to Yellowstone National Park in 3.5 hours. In June, Yellowstone National Park is a bit cooler than Red Lodge - with highs of 66°F and lows of 34°F. On the 2nd (Fri), 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.
You've now added Jenny Lake Overlook to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, cruise along Signal Mountain Summit Road, and then go for a walk through Jenny Lake Overlook.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Grand Teton National Park attractions planner.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July: highs in Grand Teton National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 44°F. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Glen Eyrie Castle, The Broadmoor Seven Falls and Pikes Peak - America's Mountain. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, stroll around Garden of the Gods, then admire the sheer force of The Broadmoor Seven Falls, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Grand Teton National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Colorado Springs: highs are around 86°F and lows about 58°F. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to 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.
You've now added Sprague Lake to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the activities along Sprague Lake.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park vacation maker website.

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, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for 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 where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the North Platte journey maker site.

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. In July, daily temperatures in North Platte can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Wed) 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
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