20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation builder

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Rapid City
— 1 night
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Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Drive
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Arches National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Petrified Forest National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive
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Amarillo
— 1 night
Drive
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Dallas
— 1 night
Fly
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Austin
— 1 night
Drive
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San Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
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Houston
— 1 night
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New Orleans
— 2 nights

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Rapid City

— 1 night

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 27th (Fri), brush up on your military savvy at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, stroll through Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City tour itinerary builder app.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Rapid City. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grand Teton National Park

— 1 night

Mountains of the Imagination

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.
On the 29th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton.

Before you visit Grand Teton National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Rapid City to Grand Teton National Park by car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rapid City in September: high temperatures in Grand Teton National Park hover around 68°F and lows are around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Wildlife · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Lone Star Geyser. S Rim Trail and Uncle Tom's Trail will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park route builder tool.

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in September: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 60°F and lows are around 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Utah, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Temple Square.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City trip builder.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Salt Lake City by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October: high temperatures in Salt Lake City hover around 68°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Arches National Park

— 1 night

A Red Rock Wonderland

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Windows, then explore the striking landscape at Double Arch, then make a trip to Delicate Arch, and finally explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Arches National Park visit planner.

Drive from Salt Lake City to Arches National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and car. In October, daily temperatures in Arches National Park can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, explore the ancient world of Long House, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park itinerary planner.

You can drive from Arches National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Arches National Park in October, with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Petrified Forest National Park

— 1 night
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the fascinating landscape at Painted Desert, then stroll through Crystal Forest Trail, and then trek along Blue Mesa.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Petrified Forest National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Petrified Forest National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In October in Petrified Forest National Park, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Albuquerque

— 1 night

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tingley Beach, and then wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Albuquerque online travel route planner.

You can drive from Petrified Forest National Park to Albuquerque in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Petrified Forest National Park in October, with highs in Albuquerque at 73°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Amarillo.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Amarillo

— 1 night

Yellow Rose of Texas

Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
On the 8th (Tue), wander the streets of U.S. Route 66 - Sixth Street Historic District, then see the interesting displays at Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Second Amendment Cowboy.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Amarillo online travel planner.

Getting from Albuquerque to Amarillo by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Albuquerque to Amarillo. October in Amarillo sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to fly to Dallas.

Things to do in Amarillo

Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Dallas

— 1 night

Big D

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take a stroll through Bishop Arts District, examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, examine the collection at Perot Museum of Nature and Science, then see the interesting displays at The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and finally do a tasting at Times Ten Cellars.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Dallas itinerary app.

Drive from Amarillo to Dallas in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amarillo in October, with highs in Dallas at 82°F and lows at 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly to Austin.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Austin

— 1 night

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 10th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, then explore the activities along Barton Springs Pool, and finally hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Austin trip planner.

Fly from Dallas to Austin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Austin, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Museums

San Antonio

— 1 night

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): admire the architecture and history at Mission Espada, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan, contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose, admire the architecture and history at Mission Concepcion, then get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Alamo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Antonio trip planner.

Drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in San Antonio are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Corpus Christi

— 2 nights

Texas Riviera

A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): kick back and relax at Michael J. Ellis Beach & Seawall, stroll through Port Aransas Beach, and then take an in-depth tour of Port Aransas Museum & Farleys Historic Boat Shop. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Padre Island National Seashore.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Corpus Christi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Corpus Christi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October in Corpus Christi, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Houston.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Houston

— 1 night

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get curious at Cockrell Butterfly Center, play a few rounds at Hermann Park, and then examine the collection at Space Center Houston.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Houston planning site.

You can drive from Corpus Christi to Houston in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Houston are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to New Orleans.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Golf · Outdoors

New Orleans

— 2 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
On the 15th (Tue), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then examine the collection at The National WWII Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Garden District. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1, appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, explore the striking landscape of Chalmette National Historical Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read New Orleans day trip site.

Getting from Houston to New Orleans by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston in October, expect nights in New Orleans to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.