18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
Fly + Drive:  14​h 15​min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Wichita
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Nashville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Louisville
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

4
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.
Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, look for all kinds of wild species at Lehardy's Rapids, take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, and trek along Artist Point.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Edinburgh, UK to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car. Traveling from Edinburgh to Yellowstone National Park, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Edinburgh in June since evenings lows in Yellowstone National Park dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): trek along Cascade Canyon Trail, then hike along Taggart Lake, and then identify plant and animal life at Blacktail Ponds Overlook.

For more things to do and more tourist information, use the Jackson Hole trip planner .

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Jackson Hole, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Cascade Canyon Trail ©
Cascade Canyon Trail
Taggart Lake ©
Taggart Lake

2
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 20th (Thu), look for gifts at Enstrom's, engage your brain at John McConnell Math and Science Center, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Colorado National Monument. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic Byway and then take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Grand Junction trip tool .

Fly from Jackson Hole to Grand Junction in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Jackson Hole in June; daily highs in Grand Junction reach 38°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Colorado National Monument, Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Denver

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 22nd (Sat), look for gifts at Tattered Cover Bookstore, engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church, then get your game on at Unser Karting & Events, and finally get your game on at Bad Axe Throwing.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Denver route planner .

You can fly from Grand Junction to Denver in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Grand Junction in June: highs in Denver hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Wichita.

Things to do in Denver

Fun & Games Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Bad Axe Throwing ©
Bad Axe Throwing

1
night
Wichita

Wichita ©
Wichita is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): meet the residents at Tanganyika Wildlife Park, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sedgwick County Zoo, and then don't miss a visit to The Keeper of the Plains.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Wichita journey maker site .

Traveling by flight from Denver to Wichita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Denver to Wichita, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in June, things will get a bit warmer in Wichita: highs are around 37°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Wichita

Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Tanganyika Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Sedgwick County Zoo ©
Sedgwick County Zoo
Tanganyika Wildlife Park ©
Tanganyika Wildlife Park
The Keeper of the Plains ©
The Keeper of the Plains

1
night
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, get your game on at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), and then have some family-friendly fun at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League. On the next day, take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, then steep yourself in history at Bowen Plantation House, and then see a show at Grand Ole Opry.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nashville planner .

Getting from Wichita to Nashville by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Nashville

Fun & Games Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

2
nights
Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): hike along Cedar Sink Trail, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Tall Man's Misery, Head underground at Diamond Caverns, and then trek along Fat Man's Misery.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mammoth Cave National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Nashville to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Diamond Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery
Tall Man's Misery ©
Tall Man's Misery

1
night
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, steep yourself in history at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), then contemplate the long history of Louisville Mega Cavern, and finally snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Louisville route planner .

Traveling by car from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville. In June, daytime highs in Louisville are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©

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