15 days in Western US & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

15 days in Western US & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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15 days in Western US & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly + taxi:  6​h
1
Canon City
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Arches National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Anaheim
— 1 day
+3
bus + foot + Fly + Drive:  5​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Rapid City
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Atlanta

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Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Canon City trip planner .

Atlanta to Canon City is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Atlanta to Canon City, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Canon City, with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista route planning app .

Getting from Canon City to Buena Vista by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Canon City in July, things will get slightly colder in Buena Vista: highs are around 80°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch, and then hike along Fiery Furnace.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read Arches National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Arches National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in July; daily highs in Arches National Park reach 97°F and lows reach 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace

1
night
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
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 9th (Tue): trek along South Kaibab Trail, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Bright Angel Trail.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park journey planner.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 6.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Arches National Park in July; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 84°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

1
day
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Anaheim day trip planning website .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Anaheim in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, Anaheim is a bit warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Washburn Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally hike along Panorama Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from Anaheim to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Expect much colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Anaheim in July, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, then stroll around Golden Gate Park, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco planning site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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.
Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, identify plant and animal life at Hayden Valley, and stroll through Artist Point.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park road trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight and car from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park, with lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Teton.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Grand Teton National Park trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 3 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, you will find days in Grand Teton National Park are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

1
night
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens and then get in on the family fun at Storybook Island.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Rapid City sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Grand Teton National Park to Rapid City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Rapid City: highs are around 85°F and lows about 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Storybook Island ©
Storybook Island
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

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