14 days in United States Itinerary

14 days in United States Itinerary

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14 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Drive:  18​h 30​min
1
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Devils Tower
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Detroit

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night
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 25th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park and then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip planner.

Detroit to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Detroit to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Detroit, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 60°F. You'll set off for Devils Tower on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Badlands National Park
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

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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 27th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Rogue's Gallery and then get impressive views of Devils Tower National Monument.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more 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 bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in July: highs in Devils Tower hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Rogue's Gallery
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Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Rogue's Gallery ©
Rogue's Gallery

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Gibbon Falls, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin, then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road and then witness a stunning natural landmark at West Thumb Geyser Basin.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park travel planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Devils Tower to Yellowstone National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Devils Tower in July, things will get little chillier in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 73°F and lows about 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road

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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.
On the 29th (Wed), appreciate the views at Potholes Turnout, Grand Teton National Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park visit website .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, expect nights in Grand Teton National Park to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Jenny Lake Trail ©
Jenny Lake Trail
Inspiration Point ©
Inspiration Point

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nights
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
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, explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch, and then explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Landscape Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Sand Dune Arch, and then delve into the distant past at Sego Canyon Petroglyphs.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Arches National Park online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Grand Teton National Park to Arches National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in July: highs in Arches National Park hover around 97°F, while lows dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Sego Canyon Petroglyphs
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Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace

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nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
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): take an in-depth tour of The Anasazi Heritage Center, then hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, delve into the distant past at Long House, and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park road trip tool .

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

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): make a trip to White Mountain Trading Post, then see the interesting displays at Fort Garland Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mesa Verde National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, things will get slightly colder in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve: highs are around 80°F and lows about 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Fort Garland
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High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail
Fort Garland Museum ©
Fort Garland Museum
White Mountain Trading Post ©
White Mountain Trading Post

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