12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  5​h
2
Deadwood
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Devils Tower
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Custer
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
De Smet
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Oakley
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
La Junta
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
9
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Oklahoma City
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 25th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs trip maker site .

New York City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in May, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are slightly colder (61°F), and nights are colder (35°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Deadwood.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

1
day
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then steep yourself in history at Adams House, and finally stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Deadwood online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Steamboat Springs to Deadwood in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Deadwood, with lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Deadwood

Scenic Drive Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Spearfish
Highlights from your plan
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams House ©
Adams House

1
night
Devils Tower

Devils Tower ©
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
On the 27th (Wed), look for gifts at Devils Tower Trading Post, take in the pleasant sights at Tower Trail, and then appreciate the history behind Devils Tower National Monument.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Devils Tower trip planner .

Drive from Deadwood to Devils Tower in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In May in Devils Tower, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Devils Tower Trading Post ©
Devils Tower Trading Post

1
night
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and finally explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Custer online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Devils Tower to Custer takes 2 hours. In May in Custer, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

1
day
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial and then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read De Smet trip planner .

You can drive from Custer to De Smet in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Custer to De Smet, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, De Smet is somewhat warmer than Custer - with highs of 70°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Oakley.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

1
day
Oakley

Oakley ©
Oakley is a city in Gove, Logan, and Thomas counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): make a trip to Prairie Dog Town, take an in-depth tour of Fick Fossil & History Museum, then get your bearings at Buffalo Bill Cultural Center, and finally get engrossed in the history at Prairie Museum of Art & History.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Oakley driving holiday planner.

Drive from De Smet to Oakley in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, daily temperatures in Oakley can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to La Junta.

Things to do in Oakley

Museums

Side Trip

Prairie Museum of Art & History
Highlights from your plan
Prairie Museum of Art & History ©
Prairie Museum of Art & History
Fick Fossil & History Museum ©
Fick Fossil & History Museum
Buffalo Bill Cultural Center ©
Buffalo Bill Cultural Center

1
night
La Junta

La Junta ©
La Junta is the city that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Otero County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): examine the collection at Koshare Indian Museum and then contemplate the long history of Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read La Junta trip maker website .

You can drive from Oakley to La Junta in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in La Junta

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Koshare Indian Museum ©
Koshare Indian Museum

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): go for a walk through Pikes Peak, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods.

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

Drive from La Junta to Colorado Springs in 2 hours. Traveling from La Junta in May, expect Colorado Springs to be little chillier, temps between 68°F and 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at 16th Street Mall, and finally contemplate the long history of Union Station.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver travel itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. June in Denver sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Molly Brown House Museum ©
Molly Brown House Museum

1
night
Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City ©
Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Centennial Land Run Monument, then contemplate the long history of The Old Round Barn, then admire the masterpieces at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and finally browse the exhibits of Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at Museum of Osteology and then steep yourself in history at Overholser Mansion.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Oklahoma City trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Denver to Oklahoma City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Denver to Oklahoma City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in June, expect Oklahoma City to be a bit warmer, temps between 89°F and 68°F. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Old Round Barn
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Osteology
Museum of Osteology

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