16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Lexington
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Saint Louis
— Few hours
Drive:  8​h 45​min
2
Hays
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Twin Lakes
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Fort Collins
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Cody
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Stanley
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
11
Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
12
Lander
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
13
Badlands National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
14
Mitchell
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
15
Chicago
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Lexington

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Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, examine the collection at City Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

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Lexington to Saint Louis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lexington to Saint Louis due to the time zone difference. In July in Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hays.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
City Museum ©
City Museum
Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum ©

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Hays

Hays ©
Hays is a city in and the county seat of Ellis County, Kansas, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Ellis Lakeside Campground, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Fidelis Church, and then learn more about the world around you at Sternberg Museum of Natural History.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Hays holiday builder site .

You can drive from Saint Louis to Hays in 7.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In July, daily temperatures in Hays can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Hays

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

St. Fidelis Church, Ellis Lakeside Campground
Highlights from your plan
Ellis Lakeside Campground ©
Ellis Lakeside Campground
St. Fidelis Church ©
St. Fidelis Church
Sternberg Museum of Natural History ©

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Colorado Springs

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): walk around Garden of the Gods and then stroll through Pikes Peak.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary app .

Getting from Hays to Colorado Springs by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, Colorado Springs is a bit cooler than Hays - with highs of 86°F and lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Twin Lakes.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

1
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Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the activities along Twin Lakes and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Elbert.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Twin Lakes road trip planning app .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Twin Lakes by car takes about 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in July, with highs in Twin Lakes at 71°F and lows at 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Twin Lakes

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Leadville
Highlights from your plan
Twin Lakes ©
Twin Lakes

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Drive from Twin Lakes to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Twin Lakes in July; daily highs in Rocky Mountain National Park reach 91°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock

1
night
Fort Collins

Fort Collins is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Larimer County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Benson Park Sculpture Garden, admire the masterpieces at Swetsville Zoo, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Fort Collins day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Fort Collins takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Fort Collins can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cody.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Benson Park Sculpture Garden, Swetsville Zoo
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Swetsville Zoo ©
Swetsville Zoo
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden

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night
Cody

Cody ©
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 11th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, examine the collection at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and finally see the interesting displays at Cody Firearms Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cody journey maker tool .

Getting from Fort Collins to Cody by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Museums

Side Trip

Heart Mountain Interpretive Center
Highlights from your plan
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center ©
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center
Buffalo Bill Center of the West ©
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Cody Firearms Museum ©
Cody Firearms Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, then trek along Artist Point, and finally explore the striking landscape at Artists’ Paintpots. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Beryl Spring, explore the striking landscape of Gibbon Falls, then identify plant and animal life at Firehole Canyon Drive, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser.

Discover how to plan a Yellowstone National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cody to Yellowstone National Park takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Cody in July, things will get a bit cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 73°F and lows about 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

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night
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Yellowstone Historic Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone road trip planning tool .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to West Yellowstone by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in West Yellowstone are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Stanley.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center

1
night
Stanley

Stanley is a town in Custer County, Idaho, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the activities along Redfish Lake and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Stanley online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from West Yellowstone to Stanley by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in July, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Stanley

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Redfish Lake ©
Redfish Lake

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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.
On the 16th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Grand Teton National Park online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Stanley to Grand Teton National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. July in Grand Teton National Park sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lander.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

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

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Lander

Lander ©
Lander is a city in, and the county seat of, Fremont County, Wyoming, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Popo Agie Falls Trail and then immerse yourself in nature at Sinks Canyon State Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lander trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Grand Teton National Park to Lander. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Lander: highs are around 88°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Lander

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sinks Canyon State Park ©
Sinks Canyon State Park

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
On the 18th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the striking landscape at White River Valley Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then cruise along Loop Road, and finally explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Lander to Badlands National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, daily temperatures in Badlands National Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mitchell.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

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night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): admire the striking features of Corn Palace, then don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, then contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, and finally examine the collection at George and Eleanor McGovern Library.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mitchell online vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Mitchell takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Mitchell due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Badlands National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mitchell: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then admire all the interesting features of Millennium Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Mitchell to Chicago takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

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