14 days in United States Itinerary

14 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Devils Tower
— 1 night
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive to San Luis Valley Regional Airport/Bergman Field, Fly to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

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Badlands National Park

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park and then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

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Detroit to Badlands National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Detroit in July: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 60°F. You will leave for Devils Tower on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Devils Tower

— 1 night
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
On the 27th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Rogue's Gallery and then take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Tower National Monument.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Devils Tower trip planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Devils Tower takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Badlands National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in Devils Tower, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Grand Loop Road and then witness a stunning natural landmark at West Thumb Geyser Basin.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park holiday maker app.

You can drive from Devils Tower to Yellowstone National Park in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Devils Tower in July, expect Yellowstone National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Grand Teton National Park

— 2 nights

Mountains of the Imagination

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): go for a walk through Potholes Turnout.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Grand Teton National Park journey maker app.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Teton National Park: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Trails

Arches National Park

— 2 nights

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
On the 31st (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Double Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Fiery Furnace. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Landscape Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sand Dune Arch, and then explore the ancient world of Sego Canyon Petroglyphs.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Arches National Park road trip tool.

Fly from Grand Teton National Park to Arches National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, train, and car. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in July, you will find days in Arches National Park are a bit warmer (97°F), and nights are much warmer (67°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, delve into the distant past at Long House, and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park day trip planner.

You can drive from Arches National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Arches National Park in August, things will get slightly colder in Mesa Verde National Park: highs are around 86°F and lows about 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): don't miss a visit to White Mountain Trading Post, examine the collection at Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, and then explore the activities along Little Medano Creek.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mesa Verde National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August; daily highs in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve reach 80°F and lows reach 45°F. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.