16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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Fly to Rapid City Regional Airport, Drive to Sturgis
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Sturgis
— 1 night
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Sturgis

— 1 night
Sturgis is a city in Meade County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery.

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Cincinnati to Sturgis is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cincinnati in May, things will get slightly colder in Sturgis: highs are around 62°F and lows about 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Sturgis

Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park

— 5 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 parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake, and explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip maker tool.

You can drive from Sturgis to Yellowstone National Park in 9 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sturgis in May, things will get a bit cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 53°F and lows about 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Grand Teton National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Teton. On your second day here, hike along Jenny Lake Trail and then cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

For maps and tourist information, refer to the Grand Teton National Park attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, with highs in Grand Teton National Park at 60°F and lows at 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Peek-A-Boo Loop. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Inspiration Point, hike along Queen's Garden Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, and get a dose of the wild on Red Canyon Trail Rides.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bryce Canyon National Park trip planner.

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 May in Bryce Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can fly to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

Colorado Springs

— 3 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Denver (Denver Museum of Nature & Science & Denver Botanic Gardens) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Cañon City). And it doesn't end there: walk around Garden of the Gods, get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Bryce Canyon National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 42°F in Colorado Springs. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.