20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Scottsbluff
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Sheridan
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Cody
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Denver

1
night
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 16th (Wed), explore the galleries of Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Denver itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from Belgium, the closest major airports are Denver International Airport and City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport. In September in Denver, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bear Lake as well as Trail Ridge Road. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chapel on the Rock and Eagle Plume Trading Post. Get outdoors at Emerald Lake Trail and Old Fall River Road. There's much more to do: stroll through Hallett Peak, explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Rocky Mountain National Park is just a stone's throw from Estes Park. In September in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

1
night
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
For traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Estes Park day trip app .

Estes Park is very close to Rocky Mountain National Park. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Scottsbluff.

Things to do in Estes Park

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©

1
night
Scottsbluff

Scottsbluff ©
Scottsbluff is a city in Scotts Bluff County, in the western part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Scotts Bluff National Monument as well as Fort Laramie National Historic Site. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Scotts Bluff National Monument, then explore the striking landscape of Fort Laramie National Historic Site, and then go for a walk through Monument Valley Pathway.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Scottsbluff driving holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Scottsbluff takes 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Scottsbluff are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Scottsbluff

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Scotts Bluff National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Fort Laramie National Historic Site ©
Scotts Bluff National Monument ©
Scotts Bluff National Monument

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Needles Eye Tunnel. Get outdoors at Black Hills National Forest and Wildlife Loop Road. Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Insideout will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, appreciate the history behind Bicycle Sculpture, and contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Custer day trip site .

Traveling by car from Scottsbluff to Custer takes 3 hours. When traveling from Scottsbluff in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Custer, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hill City, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Breezy Point Picnic Area, Bicycle Sculpture
Highlights from your plan
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 25th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls and then take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Deadwood tour itinerary builder website .

Drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Deadwood is 1 hour. In September in Deadwood, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Sheridan.

Things to do in Deadwood

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums

Side Trip

Spearfish
Highlights from your plan
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Adams House ©
Adams House
Scott Jacobs Studio ©
Scott Jacobs Studio

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nights
Sheridan

Sheridan ©
Sheridan is a city in Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States. Visit Little Bighorn Battlefield and The Historic Sheridan Inn for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Custer Battlefield Trading Company and Custer Battlefield Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Sheridan: Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracks (in Greybull), Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin) and US Highway 16 (in Buffalo). And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Bighorn National Forest, take an in-depth tour of Sheridan County Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Trail End State Historic Site, and sample the tasty concoctions at The Blacktooth Brewing Company.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Sheridan trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Sheridan takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Deadwood to Sheridan, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Sheridan can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cody.

Things to do in Sheridan

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracks, Big Horn County Historical Museum, Custer Battlefield Museum, US Highway 16
Highlights from your plan
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Big Horn County Historical Museum ©
Big Horn County Historical Museum

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nights
Cody

Cody ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): look for gifts at Cowtown Candy Company, examine the collection at Cody Firearms Museum, then examine the collection at Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Trail Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

Planning Cody trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Sheridan to Cody in 3 hours. When traveling from Sheridan in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Cody: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Museums Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Buffalo Bill Center of the West ©
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Cody Firearms Museum ©
Cody Firearms Museum
Cody Dug Up Gun Museum ©
Cody Dug Up Gun Museum

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nights
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.
You've added Hayden Valley, Grand Loop Road, Yellowstone National Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road, witness a stunning natural landmark at Mammoth Hot Springs, look for all kinds of wild species at Hayden Valley, then stop by Fishing Bridge General Store, then take in the natural beauty of Sulphur Caldron, and finally hike along Artist Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, then explore the striking landscape at Gibbon Falls, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Cody to Yellowstone National Park takes 2.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cody in October: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 9°C and lows are around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Hot Springs
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

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