15 days in Western US & South Dakota Itinerary

15 days in Western US & South Dakota Itinerary

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Glacier National Park
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San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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Las Vegas
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Rapid City
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Glacier National Park

— 1 night

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 2nd (Sat): trek along Grinnell Glacier. Keep things going the next day: trek along Iceberg Lake Trail and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bowman Lake.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park itinerary planner.

New York City to Glacier National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from New York City in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Glacier National Park, with highs around 56°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to San Francisco.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, go for a walk through Lombard Street, walk around Golden Gate Park, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco travel route planning app.

You can fly from Glacier National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Glacier National Park to San Francisco is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Glacier National Park in October, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (73°F), and nights are much hotter (56°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. Pack the 9th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, make a trip to Two Rodeo Drive, and get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in October; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 82°F and lows reach 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Las Vegas

— 4 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Explore Las Vegas' surroundings by going to Clark County Heritage Museum (in Henderson) and Hoover Dam (in Boulder City). The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, try your luck at Casino At The Venetian, and examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Las Vegas journey planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Rapid City.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Rapid City

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

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 15th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then stroll through Bear Country USA. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Las Vegas to Rapid City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in October: high temperatures in Rapid City hover around 62°F and lows are around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.