19 days in Western US & Midwest Itinerary

19 days in Western US & Midwest Itinerary

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Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly
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Santa Fe
— 1 night
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Drive to Albuquerque International Sunport, Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus to Reno, Fly to Jackson
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Jackson Hole
— 1 night
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cody
— 2 nights
Fly
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Glacier National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Cheyenne
— 1 night
Drive
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Custer
Drive
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Keystone
— 2 nights
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Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, then grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, and then trek along Grottos Trail. On the next day, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Aspen Music Festival and School, explore the landscape on two wheels at Castle Creek Road, and then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Aspen vacation planner.

Indianapolis to Aspen is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Indianapolis in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 49°F in Aspen. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nightlife

Side Trip

Santa Fe

— 1 night

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, then examine the collection at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and finally explore the galleries of San Miguel Chapel.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santa Fe holiday builder website.

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Santa Fe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in July: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 88°F and lows are around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
On the 16th (Fri), get great views at Washburn Point, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Panorama Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then hike along Nevada Falls Loop, and finally identify plant and animal life at YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Santa Fe to Yosemite National Park. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Santa Fe in July; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 83°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Jackson Hole

— 1 night
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
On the 19th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Thal Glass Studio, shop like a local with The Brookover Gallery, then get interesting insight from Ana's Grand Excursions, then look for gifts at Lee's Tees, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Safari at Spring Creek Ranch - Private Trips.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Jackson Hole online journey builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Jackson Hole takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Jackson Hole can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Wildlife · Shopping · Museums · Tours

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 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 West Thumb Geyser Basin and Grand Loop Road. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Firehole Canyon Drive and Artists Paintpots. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Back Mountain, witness a stunning natural landmark at Beryl Spring, trek along Observation Point Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone National Park takes 2.5 hours. In July, Yellowstone National Park is a bit cooler than Jackson Hole - with highs of 73°F and lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Cody.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Cody

— 2 nights

Preferred Gateway to Yellowstone

A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum, then see the interesting displays at Cody Firearms Museum, then see the interesting displays at Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and finally stop by Cowtown Candy Company.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Cody trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Cody takes 2.5 hours. In July, Cody is a bit warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 83°F and lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Glacier National Park

— 1 night

Crown of the Continent

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall and then explore the activities along McDonald Creek.

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Getting from Cody to Glacier National Park by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Cody in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Glacier National Park, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Cheyenne.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Cheyenne

— 1 night
Cheyenne is the capital and most populous city of the US state of Wyoming and the county seat of Laramie County. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Nelson Museum of the West, then stop by The Wrangler, then examine the collection at Messenger's Old West Museum, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Lakeview Cemetery.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cheyenne trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Glacier National Park to Cheyenne in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cheyenne when traveling from Glacier National Park in July, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Cheyenne

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Custer

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Custer trip app.

Drive from Cheyenne to Custer in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Custer sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 53°F at night. On the 26th (Mon), you'll travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Keystone

— 2 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Horse Thief Lake. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Halley's 1880 Store and Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium. When in Keystone, make a side trip to see Pactola Lake in Silver City, approximately Silver City away. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery, take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, make a trip to Keystone Historical Museum, and trek along Presidential Trail.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Keystone trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Custer to Keystone takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips