17 days in Custer & Western US Itinerary

17 days in Custer & Western US Itinerary

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Custer
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
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Samoa
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Bus to Las Vegas, NV, Las Vegas Strip, Foot to SB Paradise after Desert Inn, Bus to Green River, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Philadelphia International Airport, Drive to Danville

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Custer — 2 nights

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 25th (Fri), explore the activities along Stockade Lake, then examine the collection at Custer County 1881 Courthouse, then learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, and finally do a tasting at Twisted Pine Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Presidential Trail, then stroll through Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then explore and take pictures at Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Custer planner.

Danville to Custer is an approximately 23.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Danville in June: high temperatures in Custer hover around 73°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can fly to Yellowstone National Park.
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Yellowstone National Park — 1 night

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.
On the 27th (Sun), explore the activities along Morning Glory Pool, take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, and finally admire the sheer force of Fairy Falls. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road, hike along Lone Star Geyser, and then take in the natural beauty of West Thumb Geyser Basin.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park sightseeing planning website.

You can fly from Custer to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Custer in June: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 66°F and lows are around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Samoa.
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Samoa — 2 nights

Samoa is a census-designated place in Humboldt County, California. On your second day here, examine the collection at Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Samoa Dunes Recreation Area, and then kick back and relax at Clam Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Samoa trip planner.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Samoa in 18 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Samoa, with lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 2 nights

Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and finally get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at North Dome, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, then explore the striking landscape of Pioneer Yosemite History Center, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Chilnualna Falls.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Yosemite National Park using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Samoa to Yosemite National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Samoa in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park — 2 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Take a break from the city and head to South Kaibab Trail and Indian Garden. Get some cultural insight at Kolb Studio and Grand Canyon Railway Depot. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, admire the striking features of Lookout Studio, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning app.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 10.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 52°F in Grand Canyon National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Moab.
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Moab — 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, explore and take pictures at Colorado Riverway Recreation Area, and then hike along Grandstaff Canyon Trail. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Corona Arch and then hike along Scott Matheson Wetlands Preserve.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Moab trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Moab takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July; daily highs in Moab reach 97°F and lows reach 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs travel planning site.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Moab to Colorado Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Moab in July; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 86°F and lows reach 58°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Humboldt County travel guide

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