17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Moab
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  9​h
4
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at National Presidential Wax Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, then cruise along Loop Road, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City travel planning site .

Washington DC to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rapid City, with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Badlands National Park, National Presidential Wax Museum
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

3
nights
Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Moab is known for nature, adventure, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Arches National Park, cruise along Arches National Park Scenic Drive, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Moab trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Rapid City to Moab takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rapid City in July, you will find days in Moab are a bit warmer (97°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Tours Trails

Side Trip

Arches National Park
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Climbing Tours

5
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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Mount Washburn, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, cruise along Grand Loop Road, and explore and take pictures at Lamar Valley.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Moab to Yellowstone National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In July, Yellowstone National Park is colder than Moab - with highs of 73°F and lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley

4
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Attractions like Central Park and Statue of Liberty National Monument make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Bronx Zoo in Bronx (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, browse the exhibits of Ellis Island, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our New York City trip tool .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Yellowstone National Park to New York City. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, expect nights in New York City to be much warmer, around 72°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 86°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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