17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
Drive:  28​h
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Hill City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Devils Tower
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Billings
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
8
Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Drive:  35​h
End: New York City

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 24th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at South Dakota Air and Space Museum. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, then see the interesting displays at Founding Fathers Black Hills, and then take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rapid City route planner.

New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Rapid City. Traveling from New York City in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rapid City, with lows around 57°F. On the 26th (Sun), you're off toHill City.

Things to do in Rapid City

Wildlife Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum
America's Founding Fathers Exhibit ©

2
nights
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Crazy Horse Memorial, Presidential Trail, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then hike along Presidential Trail, then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and finally get engrossed in the history at South Dakota State Railroad Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, get a new perspective on nature at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, and then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hill City online trip builder .

Getting from Rapid City to Hill City by car takes about an hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rapid City in August; daily highs in Hill City reach 78°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Hill City

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Keystone, Custer, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Crazy Horse Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Deadwood trip site .

You can drive from Hill City to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Hill City to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Deadwood can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. You'll set off for Devils Tower on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery

1
night
Devils Tower

Devils Tower ©
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): contemplate the geological forces at Devils Tower National Monument and then stop by Devils Tower Trading Post.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Devils Tower trip planner .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Devils Tower takes 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Devils Tower. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Devils Tower Trading Post ©
Devils Tower Trading Post

1
night
Billings

Billings ©
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): stop by Scheels, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at ZooMontana, and then steep yourself in history at Pictograph Cave State Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Billings trip builder app .

Getting from Devils Tower to Billings by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Devils Tower in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Billings: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
Highlights from your plan
ZooMontana ©
ZooMontana
Pictograph Cave State Park ©
Pictograph Cave State Park
Scheels ©
Scheels

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Snake River as well as Old Faithful. On the 31st (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Snake River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Morning Glory Pool, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, and then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Billings to Yellowstone National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Billings in August, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 38°F at night. On the 2nd (Sun), you're off toGrand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Morning Glory Pool ©
Morning Glory Pool

2
nights
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.
You've now added Solitude Float Trips to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Teton. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Solitude Float Trips and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Oxbow Bend Turnout, Grand Teton National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Teton National Park road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Solitude Float Trips ©
Solitude Float Trips

2
nights
Jackson Hole

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 4th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Mangelsen Images of Nature.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Jackson Hole online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Teton National Park to Jackson Hole takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of Wildlife Art ©
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Mangelsen Images of Nature ©
Mangelsen Images of Nature
Town Square ©
Town Square

1
night
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Tabernacle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Jackson Hole to Salt Lake City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Jackson Hole in September, expect Salt Lake City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 80°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Salt Lake Temple ©
Salt Lake Temple
The Tabernacle ©
The Tabernacle

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