18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
2
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h
3
Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Arches National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Cleveland

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Loop Road (in Badlands National Park), Custer (Custer State Park, Sylvan Lake, & more) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars, and don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Park.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rapid City road trip site .

Cleveland to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cleveland to Rapid City, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cleveland in June since evenings lows in Rapid City dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Custer, Loop Road, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Firehouse Wine Cellars ©
Firehouse Wine Cellars
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

3
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, stroll through Avalanche Lake, explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, and explore the activities along McDonald Creek.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park day trip planning website .

Getting from Rapid City to Glacier National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, train, and car. Traveling from Rapid City in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Glacier National Park, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

3
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.
Step out of Grand Teton National Park with an excursion to Headwaters Golf Club in Victor--about 50 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Transfiguration, explore the striking landscape at Glacier View Turnout, and admire all the interesting features of Signal Mountain Summit Road.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Glacier National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Glacier National Park in June, Grand Teton National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Headwaters Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Headwaters Golf Club ©
Headwaters Golf Club
Jenny Lake Trail ©
Jenny Lake Trail

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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, trails, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, stroll through Artist Point, and identify plant and animal life at Lamar Valley.

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Traveling by car from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 3 hours. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in June, expect Yellowstone National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 66°F and 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Bryce Canyon National Park.

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
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
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.
On the 4th (Thu), get great views at Paria View, then get great views at Inspiration Point, then trek along Navajo Loop Trail, and finally trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Peek-A-Boo Loop.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bryce Canyon National Park day trip planning site .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, expect Bryce Canyon National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 81°F and 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Inspiration Point ©
Inspiration Point
Peek-A-Boo Loop ©
Peek-A-Boo Loop

1
night
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, admire all the interesting features of Delicate Arch, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Fiery Furnace.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Arches National Park trip planner .

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Arches National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in July, things will get a bit warmer in Arches National Park: highs are around 97°F and lows about 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace

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