19 days in Black Hills & Badlands & Western US Itinerary

19 days in Black Hills & Badlands & Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Rapid City
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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Mountain View
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Seattle
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Bozeman
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Rapid City

— 1 day

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 14th (Wed), tee off at The Golf Club at Red Rock, tee off at Hart Ranch Golf Course, and then don't miss a visit to Berlin Wall Exhibit.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City itinerary planner.

Minneapolis to Rapid City is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis to Rapid City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Rapid City

Golf · Outdoors

Las Vegas

— 3 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Step out of Las Vegas with an excursion to Hoover Dam in Boulder City--about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, and ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas route maker site.

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Rapid City in April: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 80°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego online itinerary planner.

Fly from Las Vegas to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away). Pack the 21st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Carmel

— 2 nights
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 23rd (Fri), learn the secrets of beer at Monterey Bay Food Tours, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then take in the waterfront at Carmel Beach Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then stroll around Garland Ranch Regional Park.

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You can fly from Los Angeles to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, Carmel is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 64°F and lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mountain View.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

Side Trips

Mountain View

— 2 nights
Mountain View is a city located in Santa Clara County, California, United States, named for its views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. On the 25th (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at Hanuman Yoga Retreat and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Stanford University, and finally walk around Cuesta Park.

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You can drive from Carmel to Mountain View in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Carmel in April, you will find days in Mountain View are a bit warmer (71°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mountain View

Spas · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy breathtaking views from Coit Tower, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco journey planner.

You can drive from Mountain View to San Francisco in an hour. April in San Francisco sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
On the 30th (Fri), see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium, then take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Volunteer Park Conservatory, then stroll around Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, then admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Seattle itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Seattle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, Seattle is little chillier than San Francisco - with highs of 61°F and lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Bozeman.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Bozeman

— 1 night
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at American Computer & Robotics Museum and then get into the urban bustle at Bozeman Public Library.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bozeman road trip planner.

Getting from Seattle to Bozeman by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Bozeman is 1 hour. Traveling from Seattle in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Bozeman, with lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Shopping · Museums

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.