20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Newton
Drive:  14​h 45​min
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Chicago
— 1 night
Drive:  15​h 30​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Boise
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h
6
Crater Lake National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
7
Wawona
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h
8
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
10
Cawker City
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
11
Saint Louis
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
12
London
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
13
Luray
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
End: Newton

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Chicago

Chicago
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Chicago trip planner .

Newton to Chicago is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In May in Chicago, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. You'll set off for Badlands National Park on the 21st (Thu).

Things to do in Chicago

Nightlife Parks Fun & Games

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): cruise along Loop Road and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park day trip planning website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Chicago to Badlands National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 42°F in Badlands National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): trek along Artist Point and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, admire the sheer force of Kepler Cascades, then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park online itinerary builder .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Badlands National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Badlands National Park in May; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 53°F and lows reach 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Teton 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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Grand Teton National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, with highs in Grand Teton National Park at 60°F and lows at 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Boise.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

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Boise

Boise
From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Boise trip itinerary site .

Fly from Grand Teton National Park to Boise in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in May, things will get a bit warmer in Boise: highs are around 73°F and lows about 48°F. On the 26th (Tue), you're off toCrater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Boise

Parks Outdoors Tours

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Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park ©
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cleetwood Cove Trail. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Rim Dr and then explore the striking landscape of Crater Lake National Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Crater Lake National Park trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Boise to Crater Lake National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. In May in Crater Lake National Park, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 49°F at night. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wawona.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake National Park ©
Crater Lake National Park
Rim Dr ©
Rim Dr
Cleetwood Cove Trail ©
Cleetwood Cove Trail

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Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): hike along Mariposa Grove, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Wawona trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Crater Lake National Park to Wawona. Traveling from Crater Lake National Park in May, you will find days in Wawona are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Washburn Point ©
Washburn Point

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 31st (Sun), explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim and then trek along Bright Angel Trail. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point and then hike along South Kaibab Trail.

Start your trip to Grand Canyon National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Wawona to Grand Canyon National Park in 11 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Wawona to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. While traveling from Wawona, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 2nd (Tue), make a trip to Park Point, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park route maker website .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In June in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 46°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Wed) before leaving for Cawker City.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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Cawker City

Cawker City
Cawker City is a city in Mitchell County, Kansas, United States. To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cawker City travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Cawker City takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park to Cawker City is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June since evenings lows in Cawker City dip to 64°F. You will leave for Saint Louis on the 4th (Thu).

Things to do in Cawker City

Fun & Games

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Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden and then experience rural life at Grant's Farm.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis road trip website .

Traveling by car from Cawker City to Saint Louis takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In June, daytime highs in Saint Louis are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Fri) before leaving for London.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Missouri Botanical Garden ©
Missouri Botanical Garden
Grant’s Farm ©
Grant’s Farm

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London

London
London is a home rule-class city in Laurel County, Kentucky, in the United States. To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the London trip planning tool .

Drive from Saint Louis to London in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in London can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. On the 6th (Sat), you're off toLuray.

Things to do in London

Parks Nature Museums

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Luray

Luray ©
Nestled in the heart of the valley formed by the Shenandoah River, Luray draws visitors with a vast underground cavern system adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, and mirrored pools.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Luray Caverns and then examine the collection at The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Luray Zoo - A Rescue Zoo and then stroll through Stony Man Mountain Overlook.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Luray trip planner .

Traveling by car from London to Luray takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. June in Luray sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Luray

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Luray Caverns ©
Luray Caverns
Stony Man Mountain Overlook ©
Stony Man Mountain Overlook
The Car and Carriage Caravan Museum ©

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