21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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Drive to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport / Wold–Chamberlain Field, Fly to Rapid City Regional Airport, Drive to Wind Cave National Park
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Wind Cave National Park
— 2 nights
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Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
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Grand Teton National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
Drive
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Medora
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alexandria
— 7 nights
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Wind Cave National Park — 2 nights

Wind Cave National Park presents one of the United States' few remaining intact prairies.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): wander the wide-open spaces of Windcross Conservancy, take in the awesome beauty at Black Elk Peak, and then trek along Elk Mountain Nature Trail. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Needles Highway, then hike along Rankin Ridge Nature Trail, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Wind Cave National Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Wind Cave National Park online travel planner.

Rochester to Wind Cave National Park is an approximately 6-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Rochester to Wind Cave National Park is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Wind Cave National Park when traveling from Rochester in July, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Jackson Hole.
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Jackson Hole — 2 nights

The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Laurance Rockefeller Preserve, then explore the activities along Jenny Lake, and then get outside with Teton Backcountry Rentals. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Teton Raptor Center, see what you can catch with Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School, and then admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Wildlife Art.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Jackson Hole online driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wind Cave National Park to Jackson Hole. Traveling from Wind Cave National Park in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Jackson Hole, with lows around 44°F. On the 15th (Fri), you'll travel to Grand Teton National Park.
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Grand Teton National Park — 4 nights

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.
Spend the 16th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Canyon Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Jackson Lake, cruise along Signal Mountain Summit Road, and explore the striking landscape at Inspiration Point.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Jackson Hole to Grand Teton National Park in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Grand Teton National Park can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.
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Yellowstone National Park

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in July; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 73°F and lows reach 39°F. On the 19th (Tue), you're off to Medora.
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Medora — 2 nights

Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Spend the 20th (Wed) exploring nature at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Spend the 21st (Thu) exploring nature at South Unit. There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Chateau de Mores State Historic Site and appreciate the extensive heritage of Painted Canyon Overlook.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Medora trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Medora takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, expect Medora to be a bit warmer, temps between 85°F and 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Alexandria.
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Alexandria — 7 nights

Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. Change things up with these side-trips from Alexandria: Itasca State Park (in Lake Itasca), Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County (in Moorhead) and Red River Zoo (in Fargo). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Munsinger Gardens, do a tasting at Carlos Creek Winery, find something for the whole family at Casey’s Amusement Park, and get engrossed in the history at Charles Lindbergh House and Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Alexandria trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Medora to Alexandria takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Medora to Alexandria due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Medora, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Alexandria, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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