20 days in Western US & Rapid City Itinerary

20 days in Western US & Rapid City Itinerary

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20 days in Western US & Rapid City Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Fly:  4​h 30​min
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Denver
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Devils Tower
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Phoenix
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Saint Louis

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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.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Denver online itinerary maker .

Saint Louis to Denver is an approximately 4.5-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. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Saint Louis in September; daily highs in Denver reach 79°F and lows reach 52°F. On the 7th (Sat), you're off toRapid 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Rushmore Tours. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): catch all the local highlights with Mount Rushmore Tours.

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Traveling by flight from Denver to Rapid City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Rapid City sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F at night. 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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate the geological forces at Devils Tower National Monument.

To see where to stay and tourist information, use the Devils Tower online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Devils Tower takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.

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.
Yellowstone in a Day has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): hike along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail. On your second day here, cruise along Virginia Cascade Drive, get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at S Rim Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Artists’ Paintpots.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park online visit planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Devils Tower to Yellowstone National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Devils Tower in September, expect Yellowstone National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 60°F and 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Historic Sites 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 a sense of the local culture at Mormon Row Historic District and Murie Centre. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cascade Canyon and Hidden Falls. Change things up with a short trip to Headwaters Golf Club in Victor (about 50 minutes away). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Menor's Ferry Historical Trail, explore the striking landscape at Glacier View Turnout, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Sacred Heart, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Elk Ranch Flats Turnout, Grand Teton National Park.

Find out how to plan Grand Teton National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

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 in Grand Teton National Park, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can 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): explore the striking landscape of Golden Spike National Historic Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Pioneer Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Assembly Hall, then see the interesting displays at Church History Museum, and finally learn more about the world around you at John Hutchings Museum of Natural History.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City trip website .

Getting from Grand Teton National Park to Salt Lake City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in September; daily highs in Salt Lake City reach 81°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Golden Spike National Historic Site, John Hutchings Museum of Natural History
Highlights from your plan
Assembly Hall ©
Assembly Hall
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Fairyland Point, then explore the striking landscape at Bryce Amphitheatre, and then get great views at Inspiration Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Farview Point, then trek along Navajo Loop Trail, then hike along Rim Trail, and finally hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park tour itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Salt Lake City to Bryce Canyon National Park in 4.5 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 70°F and 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Inspiration Point ©
Inspiration Point

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): cruise along Zion Shuttle, identify plant and animal life at Pine Valley Recreation Area, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town). Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Maynard Dixon Living History Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Narrows.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park driving holiday planning app .

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September; daily highs in Zion National Park reach 84°F and lows reach 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Pine Valley Recreation Area, Maynard Dixon Living History Museum, Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town)
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Navajo Bridge and Toroweap Point. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kolb Studio and Lipan Point. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Powell Point, admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, hike along Bright Angel Trail, and take in a show at Hopi House.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park online trip builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Zion National Park in September, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 75°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Phoenix.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Toroweap Point ©
Toroweap Point
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio
Navajo Bridge ©
Navajo Bridge

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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, examine the collection at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lookout Mountain Preserve.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Phoenix using our trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Phoenix in 4 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, with highs in Phoenix at 99°F and lows at 78°F. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back 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 ©
St. Mary's Basilica ©
St. Mary's Basilica

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