15 days in Black Hills & Badlands & Western US Itinerary

15 days in Black Hills & Badlands & Western US Itinerary

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Keystone
— 1 night
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Jackson Hole
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive to Marble Canyon, Kane, Arizona, United States of America, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Seattle
— 1 night
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
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Keystone

— 1 night

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Gutzon Borglum Historical Center.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Keystone trip itinerary builder tool.

Philadelphia to Keystone is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Philadelphia to Keystone, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, expect Keystone to be slightly colder, temps between 80°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to fly to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Keystone

Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Shopping

Jackson Hole

— 1 night
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
On the 1st (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Teton Raptor Center, head outdoors with Solitude Excursions, then don't miss a visit to Wild By Nature Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Made, and finally don't miss a visit to Jackson Hole Shootout.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Jackson Hole road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Keystone to Jackson Hole in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Jackson Hole when traveling from Keystone in July, with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

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 2nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Artists Paintpots, explore the activities along Lehardy's Rapids, admire the sheer force of Gibbon Falls, then admire all the interesting features of Firehole Lake Drive, then don't miss a visit to Petrified Tree, and finally explore the activities along Firehole River. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Sapphire Pool, take in the dramatic natural features at Biscuit Basin, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lone Star Geyser, and finally take in the natural beauty of West Thumb Geyser Basin.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park online day trip planner.

You can drive from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Jackson Hole in August; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 70°F and lows reach 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Grand Teton National Park

— 1 night

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.
On the 4th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Grand View Point, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Elk Ranch Flats Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Group, then explore the activities along Leigh Lake, and finally trek along Menor's Ferry Historical Trail.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Teton National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, you will find days in Grand Teton National Park are a bit warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can fly to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 1 night
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Ponderosa Canyon, then take in breathtaking views at Agua Canyon, then get great views at Paria View, and finally explore the striking landscape at Three Wisemen.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bryce Canyon National Park holiday planning app.

You can fly from Grand Teton National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In August, daily temperatures in Bryce Canyon National Park can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Moran Point, then cruise along East Rim Drive, then get great views at Yaki Point, and finally admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Point Imperial Drive, see the interesting displays at Yavapai Geology Museum, then take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park online attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Bryce Canyon National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 7.5 hours. August in Grand Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Las Vegas

— 1 night

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 8th (Sat), get your game on at Vegas Indoor Skydiving, enjoy some diversion at Strip Gun Club, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaQuest, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally get your game on at Wreck Room.

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Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, with highs in Las Vegas at 101°F and lows at 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): walk around Crissy Field, steep yourself in history at Fort Point, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of the Bay, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Dragon's Gate. On the next day, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then don't miss a visit to Alamo Square, and then examine the collection at Museum of Ice Cream.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Seattle

— 1 night

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Union, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then head outdoors with Seattle Mariner Baseball.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle road trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Seattle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Seattle are somewhat warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to fly to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Glacier National Park

— 2 nights

Crown of the Continent

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Iceberg Lake, trek along Cracker Lake Hike, then get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Baring Falls.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Glacier National Park tour builder website.

Getting from Seattle to Glacier National Park by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Glacier National Park. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Seattle in August since evenings lows in Glacier National Park dip to 48°F. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors