12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h
1
Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Deadwood
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
4
Spearfish
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Devils Tower
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Custer
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Fort Laramie
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Rocky Mountain National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
9
Estes Park
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  1​h
10
Boulder
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
12
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Washington DC

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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 Downtown Rapid City as well as The Journey Museum & Learning Center. On the 17th (Sat), examine the collection at The Journey Museum & Learning Center, then admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills, and then take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rapid City trip builder .

Washington DC to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rapid City, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills

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Badlands National Park

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.
You've now added White River Valley Overlook to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at White River Valley Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Badlands National Park, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 58°F at night. You'll set off for Deadwood on the 19th (Mon).

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook

few
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Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 19th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, browse the exhibits of Adams House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, and finally stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Deadwood trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Badlands National Park to Deadwood in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Deadwood. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Deadwood, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Spearfish.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams House ©
Adams House
Tatanka: Story of the Bison ©
Tatanka: Story of the Bison

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Spearfish

Spearfish ©
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Termesphere Gallery, D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and High Plains Heritage Center Museum. On the 20th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Termesphere Gallery, take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, then get engrossed in the history at High Plains Heritage Center Museum, and finally cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Spearfish holiday planning app .

Spearfish is just a stone's throw from Deadwood. In August, daytime highs in Spearfish are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Spearfish

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
High Plains Heritage Center Museum ©
High Plains Heritage Center Museum

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.
Wind Circles has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Wind Circles and then take in the awesome beauty at Devils Tower National Monument.

Start your trip to Devils Tower by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Spearfish to Devils Tower in an hour. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument

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Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad as well as Wildlife Loop Road. On the 21st (Wed), explore the activities along Sylvan Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, take a memorable tour with 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, then take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, and finally admire all the interesting features of Wildlife Loop Road.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Custer visit planning tool .

Getting from Devils Tower to Custer by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Devils Tower in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 51°F in Custer. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fort Laramie.

Things to do in Custer

Tours Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad
Highlights from your plan
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road

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night
Fort Laramie

Fort Laramie ©
Fort Laramie is a town in Goshen County, Wyoming, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fort Laramie National Historic Site. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Fort Laramie National Historic Site.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Laramie trip builder .

Traveling by car from Custer to Fort Laramie takes 3 hours. When traveling from Custer in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Laramie: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 55°F at night. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Fort Laramie

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fort Laramie National Historic Site ©

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hours
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 23rd (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

Discover how to plan a Rocky Mountain National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Fort Laramie to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 hours. August in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Wildlife Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Estes Park day trip planner .

Estes Park is very close to Rocky Mountain National Park. In August, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Boulder.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock

few
hours
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Boulder travel planner .

Getting from Estes Park to Boulder by combination of taxi and bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In August, daily temperatures in Boulder can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Boulder

Trails Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Flatirons ©
Flatirons

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and finally step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs road trip site .

Traveling by car from Boulder to Colorado Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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nights
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.
Denver Botanic Gardens has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum and then browse the exhibits of Denver Botanic Gardens.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August in Denver, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 58°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception ©

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