20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Rapid City
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Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 30​min
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Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
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Arches National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
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Petrified Forest National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Amarillo
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
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Dallas
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 15​min
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Austin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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San Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
14
Houston
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
15
New Orleans
— 2 nights
End: New Orleans

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rapid City online day trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Rapid City. In September, daytime highs in Rapid City are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Mount Moriah Cemetery
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South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Grand Teton.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Grand Teton National Park sightseeing planner.

Fly from Rapid City to Grand Teton National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rapid City in September; daily highs in Grand Teton National Park reach 68°F and lows reach 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

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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.
Visiting Yellowstone National Park and Old Faithful will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at S Rim Trail and Lone Star Geyser. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, trek along Artist Point, get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail, and take in the natural beauty of West Thumb Geyser Basin.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 1.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

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Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Utah, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple, and finally explore and take pictures at Temple Square.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Salt Lake City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October; daily highs in Salt Lake City reach 68°F and lows reach 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Big Cottonwood Canyon ©
Big Cottonwood Canyon
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Natural History Museum of Utah ©
Natural History Museum of Utah

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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.
On the 4th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Windows, take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiery Furnace.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Arches National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and car from Salt Lake City to Arches National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. October in Arches National Park sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, delve into the distant past at Long House, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

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Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Arches National Park in October, Mesa Verde National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park ©
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, identify plant and animal life at Crystal Forest Loop, and then trek along Blue Mesa.

Make your Petrified Forest National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

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 and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks Trails Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Painted Desert ©
Painted Desert
Blue Mesa ©
Blue Mesa

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Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, kick back and relax at Tingley Beach, and then take a stroll through Albuquerque Old Town.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Albuquerque online vacation planner .

You can drive from Petrified Forest National Park to Albuquerque in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car and flight. 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
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument
Tingley Beach ©
Tingley Beach

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Amarillo

Amarillo ©
Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take a stroll through U.S. Route 66 - Sixth Street Historic District, see the interesting displays at Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, and finally make a trip to Second Amendment Cowboy.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Amarillo driving holiday app .

You can drive from Albuquerque to Amarillo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Amarillo

Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Highlights from your plan

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Dallas

Dallas ©
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 examine the collection at The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Times Ten Cellars.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dallas trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Amarillo to Dallas in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Amarillo in October, expect Dallas to be a bit warmer, temps between 82°F and 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Austin.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums Neighborhoods Wineries
Highlights from your plan

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Austin

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

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Austin trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a bus from Dallas to Austin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in October, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Trails Historic Sites
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Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol

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San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the history at Mission Espada, take in the history at Mission San Juan, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose, then take in the history at Mission Concepcion, then shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, and finally browse the exhibits of The Alamo.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Antonio trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in San Antonio sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Trails Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose

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Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi ©
A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Michael J. Ellis Beach & Seawall, enjoy the sand and surf at Port Aransas Beach, and then get engrossed in the history at Port Aransas Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Padre Island National Seashore.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Corpus Christi road trip planning tool .

You can drive from San Antonio to Corpus Christi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to 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) so you can travel to Houston.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Port Aransas
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Padre Island National Seashore ©
Padre Island National Seashore
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach
Michael J. Ellis Beach & Seawall ©
Michael J. Ellis Beach & Seawall

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Houston

Houston ©
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): explore the galleries of Cockrell Butterfly Center, play a few rounds at Hermann Park, and then examine the collection at Space Center Houston.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Houston online day trip planner .

Getting from Corpus Christi to Houston by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Golf
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Cockrell Butterfly Center ©
Cockrell Butterfly Center
Hermann Park ©
Hermann Park

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New Orleans

New Orleans
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), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Lafayette Cemetery No.1, get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, then witness the site of a historic battle at Chalmette National Historical Park, then don't miss a visit to Jackson Square, and finally admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the New Orleans holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Houston to New Orleans takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Houston in October, expect nights in New Orleans to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are slightly colder, around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

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