12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  8​h
1
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Sheridan
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
7
Denver
— 1 night
fly:  7​h
End: Indianapolis

1
night
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
You've now added Great Salt Lake to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Tabernacle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple, and then get to know the fascinating history of Great Salt Lake.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Salt Lake City trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Indianapolis to Salt Lake City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Salt Lake City is minus 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Salt Lake City are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Salt Lake Temple ©
Salt Lake Temple
The Tabernacle ©
The Tabernacle

2
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.
Death Canyon has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Oxbow Bend Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, then take a memorable drive along Teton Park Road, then make a trip to Schwabacher Landing, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Death Canyon.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Grand Teton National Park online journey planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Salt Lake City to Grand Teton National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. On the 16th (Sun), you'll travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Death Canyon ©
Death Canyon
Teton Park Road ©
Teton Park Road

2
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 Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. On the 16th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Storm Point Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, and finally take in the natural beauty of Mammoth Hot Springs.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in September, and nighttime lows around 33°F. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sheridan.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

1
night
Sheridan

Sheridan ©
Sheridan is a city in Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States. You've now added Shell Falls to your itinerary. On the 18th (Tue), delve into the lush surroundings at Bighorn National Forest.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sheridan holiday planner.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Sheridan in 5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, expect Sheridan to be a bit warmer, temps between 76°F and 43°F. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Keystone.

Things to do in Sheridan

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Shell Falls ©
Shell Falls

2
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Custer State Park as well as Black Hills National Forest.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Keystone trip builder .

Drive from Sheridan to Keystone in 4 hours. Traveling from Sheridan in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 51°F in Keystone. You will leave for Badlands National Park on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, The Farmer's Daughter
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Badlands Wall. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Wounded Knee: The Museum, hike along Door Trail, and then get to know the fascinating history of Prairie Homestead. Keep things going the next day: hike along Notch Trail, hike along Castle Trail, then cruise along Loop Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park online trip builder .

You can drive from Keystone to Badlands National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Keystone to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. You will leave for Denver on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Prairie Homestead, Wounded Knee: The Museum
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead

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 23rd (Sun): get curious at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Denver online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Badlands National Park to Denver takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Denver are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©

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