18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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Indianapolis
— 1 night
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
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Reno
— 2 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
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Keystone
— 1 day
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Indianapolis

— 1 night

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): do a tasting at Hopwood Cellars Winery.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Indianapolis route maker website.

New York City to Indianapolis is an approximately 12.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus; or drive. Traveling from New York City in October, plan for little chillier nights in Indianapolis, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

— 1 night
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. On the next day, take a memorable drive along South Rim Road and then get a dose of the wild on Morrow Point Boat Ride.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip maker.

Explore your travel options from Indianapolis to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Indianapolis in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Reno.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Reno

— 2 nights

Biggest Little City in the World

A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
Get in touch with nature at Tahoe Photographic Tours and Tahoe Treetop Adventure Parks. Venture out of the city with trips to Boat Tours & Water Sports (in South Lake Tahoe) and Stateline Lookout (in Tahoe City). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at National Automobile Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tahoe, try your luck at Atlantis Casino, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Truckee River Walk.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Reno online trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Reno. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Reno. In October, daily temperatures in Reno can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Reno

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Salt Lake City

— 1 night

Crossroads of the West

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 17th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Utah, take in the exciting artwork at Art at the Main Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salt Lake Temple. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Tabernacle, get a new perspective on things with Rocky Mountain Outfitters, and then take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Salt Lake City using our trip planner.

You can drive from Reno to Salt Lake City in 8 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Reno to Salt Lake City is 1 hour. October in Salt Lake City sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 5 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grand Prismatic Spring. Step out of Yellowstone National Park with an excursion to Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, admire the sheer force of Gibbon Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at S Rim Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park vacation planner.

You can drive from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Salt Lake City in October; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 47°F and lows reach 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Keystone

— 1 day

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
On the 25th (Sun), explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road, then trek along Presidential Trail, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and finally get a dose of the wild on Black Hills Helicopters.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Keystone trip planner.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Keystone in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, expect Keystone to be a bit warmer, temps between 57°F and 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Trails

Side Trip

Badlands National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Keystone to Badlands National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Keystone, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.