12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Rochester
— 1 night
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Yellowstone National Park
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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Castle Rock
— 1 night
Fly
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Rochester
— 1 day

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Rochester — 1 night

Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): cool off at Seabreeze Amusement Park, explore the landscape on two wheels at Erie Canal Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Lazy Acre Alpacas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the landscape on two wheels at Genesee Riverway Trail, hike along Turning Point Park, and then have fun and explore at The Strong National Museum of Play.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rochester route planning website.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Rochester. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park — 3 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lipan Point and East Rim Drive. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Hermit Road, get great views at The Abyss, stroll through South Kaibab Trail, and hike along Hermit Trail.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park route maker.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rochester to Grand Canyon National Park in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Rochester in August, Grand Canyon National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.
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Yellowstone National Park — 4 nights

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Explore hidden gems such as West Thumb Geyser Basin and Lower Geyser Basin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yellowstone National Park: Grand Teton National Park (Leigh Lake, String Lake, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Lone Star Geyser, explore the striking landscape of Fairy Falls, and identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 9.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, things will get a bit cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 70°F and lows about 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Castle Rock.
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Castle Rock — 1 night

Castle Rock is an affluent home rule municipality that is the county seat of Douglas County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stroll through Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail, then hike along Gateway Mesa Open Space Park, then admire the majestic nature at Castlewood Canyon State Park, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Emporium.

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Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Castle Rock takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, Castle Rock is somewhat warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 77°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to fly to Rochester.
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Rochester — 1 day

On the 12th (Fri), get a new perspective on things with Rochester Sport Fishing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Genesee Riverway Trail, and then explore the engaging exhibits at The Strong National Museum of Play.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rochester travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Castle Rock to Rochester by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Castle Rock to Rochester due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Castle Rock in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rochester, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.
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United States travel guide

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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.
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