16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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Des Moines
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Santa Fe
— 1 night
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Wichita
— 1 night
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Saint Louis
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Des Moines

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 5th (Sat), get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, trek along Brown's Woods, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at High Trestle Trail.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Des Moines online road trip planner.

Columbus to Des Moines is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Des Moines can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

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Rapid City

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 6th (Sun), cruise along Iron Mountain Road, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then go for a walk through Breezy Point Picnic Area, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens and then identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City journey planning site.

You can fly from Des Moines to Rapid City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Des Moines to Rapid City. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Des Moines in June; daily highs in Rapid City reach 78°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Glacier National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Iceberg Lake and then trek along Iceberg Lake Trail.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Glacier National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Glacier National Park when traveling from Rapid City in June, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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Yellowstone National Park

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: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, appreciate the extensive heritage of S Rim Trail, hike along Inspiration Point, and take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin.

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Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Glacier National Park in June, things will get slightly colder in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 66°F and lows about 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Jackson Hole

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 14th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Schwabacher Landing, hike along Taggart Lake, and then get engrossed in the history at Murie Centre.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Jackson Hole trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Jackson Hole, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

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Colorado Springs

Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
On the 16th (Wed), walk around Garden of the Gods, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs day trip planning app.

Fly from Jackson Hole to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Jackson Hole in June; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 84°F and lows reach 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Tours

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Santa Fe

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Santa Fe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. June in Santa Fe sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Wichita.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums

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Wichita

Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): meet the residents at Tanganyika Wildlife Park, then meet the residents at Sedgwick County Zoo, and then don't miss a visit to The Keeper of the Plains.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Wichita tour itinerary tool.

Fly from Santa Fe to Wichita in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santa Fe to Wichita due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Santa Fe in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 68°F in Wichita. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Wichita

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Saint Louis

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 19th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and then get to know the resident critters at Saint Louis Zoo. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden and then enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Saint Louis tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Wichita to Saint Louis by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. June in Saint Louis sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

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.

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.

Montana travel guide

4.8
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
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.

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.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.

Kansas travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Zoos · Entertainment Centers
The Sunflower State
Generally considered the geographical center of the country, Kansas is a state rich in history, having served as home to diverse Native American tribes for thousands of years before European settlement. Once called "Bleeding Kansas" because of violent clashes between abolitionists and pro-slavery settlers, Kansas now carries the nickname the "Sunflower State," earned because of its massive production of sunflowers, corn, wheat, and sorghum. In addition to agriculture, the state is also known as an aviation hub. Sightseeing is easy, as wide-open spaces dominate the landscape of the western two-thirds of the state, which includes some of the only remaining native tallgrass prairie in the nation. Eastern Kansas contains rolling hills and most of the major cities, which draw tourism with their lively art, nightlife, and music scenes.

Missouri travel guide

4.6
Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.