18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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Drive to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport / Wold–Chamberlain Field, Fly to Rapid City Regional Airport, Drive to Hot Springs
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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Fly
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Moab
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arches National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Escalante
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brian Head
— 1 night
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
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Hot Springs

— 2 nights
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Windcross Conservancy, then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and then learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel and then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hot Springs sightseeing planning app.

Delano to Hot Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Delano in August since evenings lows in Hot Springs dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can fly to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 8th (Sun), get outside with Rocky Mountain Ventures and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, hike along Thunderhead Hiking Trail, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hot Springs to Steamboat Springs in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Hot Springs in August, Steamboat Springs is a bit cooler at night with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then take in the awesome beauty at Arches National Park.

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You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Moab in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in August, things will get a bit warmer in Moab: highs are around 92°F and lows about 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Trails

Arches National Park

— 3 nights

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Arches National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch, trek along Double Arch, stroll through Windows, and take a memorable drive along Arches National Park Scenic Drive.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Arches National Park road trip app.

Drive from Moab to Arches National Park in an hour. August in Arches National Park sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Capitol Reef National Park

— 1 night
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Capitol Reef National Park .

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Capitol Reef National Park trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Capitol Reef National Park takes 3.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Arches National Park in August, with highs in Capitol Reef National Park at 77°F and lows at 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Escalante.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Wildlife · Nature · Parks
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Escalante

— 2 nights
Escalante is a city in Garfield County, Utah, United States located along Utah Scenic Byway 12 (SR-12) in the south central part of the state. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take a memorable drive along The Hogback, admire the sheer force of Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Calf Creek Falls. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Coyote Gulch, then cruise along Scenic Byway 12, and then take a memorable drive along Highway 12 Scenic Byway.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Escalante road trip planning site.

You can drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Escalante in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Escalante can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Brian Head.

Things to do in Escalante

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Brian Head

— 1 night
Brian Head is a town in Iron County, Utah, United States. On the 18th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Brian Head Peak Observation and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Brian Head Resort.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Brian Head visit planner.

Traveling by car from Escalante to Brian Head takes 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Escalante in August; daily highs in Brian Head reach 87°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Brian Head

Trails · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Zion National Park

— 2 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Zion National Park road trip planning site.

Drive from Brian Head to Zion National Park in 2 hours. August in Zion National Park sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Sunset Point, then trek along Navajo Loop Trail, and then hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Sunrise Point and then get great views at Inspiration Point.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Bryce Canyon National Park trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in August, expect Bryce Canyon National Park to be little chillier, temps between 77°F and 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Canyonlands National Park

— 1 night
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
On the 23rd (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Island in the Sky and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Canyonlands National Park tour planner.

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Canyonlands National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in August, with highs in Canyonlands National Park at 92°F and lows at 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.