12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + Taxi:  8​h 30​min
1
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Devils Tower
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Casper
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

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.
On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and finally steep yourself in history at Prairie Homestead.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip site .

Philadelphia to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Badlands National Park. Traveling from Philadelphia in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 54°F in Badlands National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Philip
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Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

2
nights
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 Horse Thief Lake, Wind Cave National Park and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On the 25th (Thu), take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

To find more things to do, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in June, expect nights in Rapid City to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Rapid City

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Keystone, Wind Cave National Park
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Horse Thief Lake ©
Horse Thief Lake

few
hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): make a trip to Tower Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Devils Tower National Monument.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Devils Tower holiday planner.

Getting from Rapid City to Devils Tower by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Rapid City in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Devils Tower, with lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Casper.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Nature Parks
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Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument

1
night
Casper

Casper
Casper is a city in and the county seat of Natrona County, Wyoming, United States. To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Casper trip site .

You can drive from Devils Tower to Casper in 3.5 hours. While traveling from Devils Tower, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Casper, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 46°F. On the 28th (Sun), you're off to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Casper

Museums Outdoors Parks

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nights
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
On the 28th (Sun), take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Pulpit Rock Overlook, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gunnison Point, and then take a memorable drive along South Rim Road.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip itinerary tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Casper to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Casper in June, with highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park at 89°F and lows at 54°F. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Needle Rock
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Pulpit Rock Overlook ©
Pulpit Rock Overlook
Needle Rock ©
Needle Rock

3
nights
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Explore hidden gems such as Little Medano Creek and Mosca Pass Trail.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in June, with highs in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve at 83°F and lows at 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Denver.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Outdoors Trails
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High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): hike along Mount Falcon Castle Trail.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver day trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Denver. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in July, Denver is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Mount Falcon Castle Trail

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