20 days in Western US & Rapid City Itinerary

20 days in Western US & Rapid City Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Denver
— Few hours
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
3
Devils Tower
— 1 night
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
5
Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
6
Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
7
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
8
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
9
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
10
Phoenix
— 1 night

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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.
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Saint Louis to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Saint Louis in September, things will get slightly colder in Denver: highs are around °F and lows about °F. On the 7th (Sat), you'll travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Tours

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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.
You've now added Mount Rushmore Tours to your itinerary. On the 8th (Sun), catch all the local highlights with Mount Rushmore Tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rapid City visit planning site.

Traveling by flight from Denver to Rapid City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Rapid City

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore Tours ©
Mount Rushmore Tours

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Devils Tower

Devils Tower ©
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
You've now added Devils Tower National Monument to your itinerary. On the 9th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Devils Tower National Monument.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Devils Tower online trip maker.

You can drive from Rapid City to Devils Tower in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Devils Tower sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yellowstone in a Day. On the 10th (Tue), hike along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Virginia Cascade Drive, appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail, thenexplore the stunning scenery at S Rim Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Artists’ Paintpots.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park tour planning tool.

Drive from Devils Tower to Yellowstone National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and car. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Devils Tower in September; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Uncle Tom's Trail ©
Uncle Tom's Trail
S Rim Trail ©
S Rim Trail
Lone Star Geyser ©
Lone Star Geyser

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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.
You've now added Grand Teton to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at Mormon Row Historic District and Chapel of the Sacred Heart. Discover out-of-the-way places like Menor's Ferry Historical Trail and Cascade Canyon. Step out of Grand Teton National Park with an excursion to Headwaters Golf Club in Victor--about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Murie Centre, admire the sheer force of Hidden Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier View Turnout, and explore the striking landscape of Elk Ranch Flats Turnout, Grand Teton National Park.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Grand Teton National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Teton National Park: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Headwaters Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Mormon Row Historic District ©
Mormon Row Historic District
Chapel of the Sacred Heart ©
Chapel of the Sacred Heart

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Golden Spike National Historic Site. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Pioneer Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Assembly Hall, thensee the interesting displays at Church History Museum, and finally learn about all things military at Hutchings Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City holiday builder.

Traveling by flight from Grand Teton National Park to Salt Lake City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in September; daily highs in Salt Lake City reach °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Golden Spike National Historic Site, Hutchings Museum
Highlights from your plan
Golden Spike National Historic Site ©
Golden Spike National Historic Site
Church History Museum ©
Church History Museum
Pioneer Memorial Museum ©
Pioneer Memorial Museum

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 18th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Fairyland Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Bryce Amphitheatre, and then get great views at Inspiration Point. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Farview Point, thenhike along Navajo Loop Trail, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, and finally hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bryce Canyon National Park trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Salt Lake City to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Salt Lake City in September, expect Bryce Canyon National Park to be slightly colder, temps between °F and °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bryce Amphitheatre ©
Bryce Amphitheatre
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take a memorable drive along Zion Shuttle, identify plant and animal life at Pine Valley Recreation Area, and then see a world frozen in time at Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Maynard Dixon Living History Museum and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Zion National Park day trip website.

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September, with highs in Zion National Park at °F and lows at °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pine Valley Recreation Area, Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town), Maynard Dixon Living History Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Maynard Dixon Living History Museum ©
Maynard Dixon Living History Museum
Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town) ©
Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town)

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Navajo Bridge and Lipan Point. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kolb Studio and Grand Canyon Railway Depot. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Powell Point, add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House, trek along Bright Angel Trail, and take in breathtaking views at Toroweap Point.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park sightseeing planning website.

You can take a shuttle from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 10 hours. In September, Grand Canyon National Park is little chillier than Zion National Park - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Phoenix.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Navajo Bridge ©
Navajo Bridge
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio
Grand Canyon Railway Depot ©
Grand Canyon Railway Depot

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Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): examine the collection at Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting, see the interesting displays at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson, and then identify plant and animal life at Lookout Mountain Preserve.

To find maps and other tourist information, refer to the Phoenix trip planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Phoenix in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September; daily highs in Phoenix reach °F and lows reach °F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Wildlife Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lookout Mountain Preserve ©
Lookout Mountain Preserve
Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting ©
Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting
St. Mary's Basilica ©
St. Mary's Basilica

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