16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Devils Tower
— 1 night
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Cody
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
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Reno
— 2 nights
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Truckee
— 1 night
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: The Farmer's Daughter (in Hill City), Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone) and Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery, take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip itinerary maker tool.

Cleveland to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cleveland to Rapid City, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cleveland in July, you will find days in Rapid City are a bit warmer (85°F), and nights are a bit cooler (62°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

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 15th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Rogue's Gallery, don't miss a visit to Tower Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Tower National Monument.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Devils Tower online travel route planner.

You can drive from Rapid City to Devils Tower in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Devils Tower when traveling from Rapid City in July, with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cody.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Cody

— 1 night

Preferred Gateway to Yellowstone

A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Cody Firearms Museum, get engrossed in the history at Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and then see the interesting displays at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cody driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Devils Tower to Cody in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Cody sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Museums

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Hayden Valley, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Cody to Yellowstone National Park takes 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cody in July, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 73°F and lows at 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Grand Teton National Park

— 3 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.
Spend the 21st (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. There's much more to do: trek along Cascade Canyon Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier View Turnout, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Sacred Heart, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Group.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Teton National Park planner.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Teton National Park, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Reno.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Reno

— 2 nights

Biggest Little City in the World

A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): see the interesting displays at National Automobile Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, and then stroll around Kings Beach State Recreation Area. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: grab your bike and head to Tahoe City - South/North Trailheads, then let the kids burn off some steam at Commons Beach Park, and then contemplate the long history of Hellman-Ehrman Mansion.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Reno vacation maker tool.

You can fly from Grand Teton National Park to Reno in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Teton National Park in July, with highs in Reno at 95°F and lows at 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Truckee.

Things to do in Reno

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Truckee

— 1 night
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. On the 26th (Sun), trek along Tompkins Memorial Trail, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take a stroll through Historic Downtown Truckee.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Truckee attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Reno to Truckee takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Reno in July, you will find days in Truckee are a bit cooler (82°F), and nights are cooler (40°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Adventure

Salt Lake City

— 1 night

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Assembly Hall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Tabernacle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Salt Lake City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Truckee to Salt Lake City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Truckee to Salt Lake City due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Truckee in July: highs in Salt Lake City hover around 95°F, while lows dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Parks

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.