20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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

Rapid City ©

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 travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
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 ©

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 plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©

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 Grand Prismatic Spring. Lone Star Geyser and S Rim Trail will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful and appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park online day trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in September; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 60°F and lows reach 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©

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 car, bus, shuttle, taxi, and train. 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 travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Natural History Museum of Utah ©
Natural History Museum of Utah
Salt Lake Temple ©
Salt Lake Temple

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©

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 do a combination of flight and car; or drive; 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 · Outdoors · 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.
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 · Outdoors · 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, 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 · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Painted Desert ©
Painted Desert
Blue Mesa ©
Blue Mesa
Crystal Forest Trail ©
Crystal Forest Trail

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Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©

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 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 · Nature
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 ©

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 travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Amarillo

Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum ©
Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum ©
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

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Dallas

Dallas ©

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 drive to Austin.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries
Highlights from your plan
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza ©
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Perot Museum of Nature and Science ©
Perot Museum of Nature and Science

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Austin

Austin ©

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.

Drive from Dallas to Austin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; 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 · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol

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San Antonio

San Antonio ©

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 contemplate the long history 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

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 ©

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 travel to Houston.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
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 ©

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 travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Golf · Outdoors
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 ©

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 · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

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