18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States planner
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Grand Teton National Park
— 6 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Mankato
— 1 night
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Pelzer
— 1 day
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Crater Lake National Park
— 3 nights
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Grand Teton National Park — 6 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Midway Geyser Basin and Signal Mountain Summit Road. Family-friendly places like Old Faithful and Biscuit Basin will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Teton National Park: Yellowstone National Park (Castle Geyser, Grand Prismatic Spring, &more). Spend the 4th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Jackson Lake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Group, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Elk Ranch Flats Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, and trek along Jenny Lake Trail.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, use the Grand Teton National Park journey builder.

Seattle to Grand Teton National Park is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Grand Teton National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Seattle in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 44°F in Grand Teton National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Badlands National Park.
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Badlands National Park — 3 nights

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.
Attractions like Notch Trail and Yellow Mounds Overlook make great kid-friendly stops. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Roberts Prairie Dog Town and Badlands National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Bigfoot Pass Overlook, hike along Door Trail, and take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Badlands National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Grand Teton National Park to Badlands National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in July: high temperatures in Badlands National Park hover around 91°F and lows are around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mankato.
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Mankato — 1 night

Mankato is a city in Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties in the state of Minnesota. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Sibley Park Zoo, then view the masterpieces at Carnegie Art Center, and then immerse yourself in nature at Minneopa State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Minnesota's Largest Candy Store, stroll around Belle Plaine Veterans Memorial Park, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Schell's, and finally pause for some photo ops at Hermann the German.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mankato road trip planner.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Mankato in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mankato, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pelzer.
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Pelzer — 1 day

Pelzer is a town in Anderson County, South Carolina, United States, along the Saluda River. On the 14th (Sun), let little ones run wild at Cedar Falls Park and then learn about winemaking at City Scape Winery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Pelzer trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Mankato to Pelzer in 18 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mankato to Pelzer due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mankato in July, with highs in Pelzer at 88°F and lows at 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Crater Lake National Park.
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Crater Lake National Park — 3 nights

Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rim Dr and Cleetwood Cove Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Umpqua National Forest in Umpqua (about 56 minutes away). Spend the 16th (Tue) exploring nature at Crater Lake National Park. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Wizard Island, admire the sheer force of Toketee Falls, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Watchman Peak.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Crater Lake National Park trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Pelzer to Crater Lake National Park in 40 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Pelzer to Crater Lake National Park is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Pelzer in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Crater Lake National Park, with highs around 94°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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