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:  6​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Craig
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Devils Tower
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lookout Mountain and Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and Argo Mill and Tunnel. Venture out of the city with trips to Sasquatch Casino (in Black Hawk), Boulder Creek Path (in Boulder) and Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Dinosaur Ridge and contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Denver online trip itinerary maker .

Philadelphia to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Denver is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Denver, with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Golden, Boulder Creek Path, Dinosaur Ridge, Carousel of Happiness, Argo Mill and Tunnel
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Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Lookout Mountain ©
Lookout Mountain
Dinosaur Ridge ©
Dinosaur Ridge

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night
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail and then explore the activities along Little Medano Creek.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from Denver to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Traveling from Denver in June, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is little chillier at night with lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature Outdoors
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High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and then explore the striking landscape at Painted Wall. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at North Rim and then cruise along South Rim Road.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in June, expect Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 89°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Craig.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Painted Wall ©
Painted Wall

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Craig

Craig ©
The City of Craig is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Moffat County, Colorado, United States. On the 29th (Mon), examine the collection at Museum of Northwest Colorado and then walk around City Park.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Craig trip planner.

Getting from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Craig by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in June; daily highs in Craig reach 84°F and lows reach 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Craig

Parks Museums
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City Park ©
City Park
Museum of Northwest Colorado ©
Museum of Northwest Colorado

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at McNenny State Fish Hatchery, then steep yourself in history at Vore Buffalo Jump, then pause for some photo ops at Wind Circles, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Tower National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Spearfish Falls, immerse yourself in nature at Keyhole State Park, and then go for a walk through Tower Trail.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Devils Tower trip planning website .

Getting from Craig to Devils Tower by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Craig in June: highs in Devils Tower hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

McNenny State Fish Hatchery, Spearfish Falls, Keyhole State Park, Vore Buffalo Jump
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Vore Buffalo Jump
Vore Buffalo Jump
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Keyhole State Park ©
Keyhole State Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take an unorthodox tour of Cosmos Mystery Area, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, steep yourself in history at Adams House, then take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, and finally admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Museum of Geology, trek along Castle Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape of Burns Basin Overlook.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Devils Tower to Rapid City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Spearfish, Adams House, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

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