26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Austin
Drive:  10​h
1
Canyon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Navajo Dam
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Ennis
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Jackson Hole
— 4 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
8
Keystone
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Alliance
— 1 night
car:  16​h
11
Grand Island
— 1 night
car:  6​h 30​min
12
Tulsa
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Austin


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2
nights
Canyon

Canyon ©
Canyon is a city in, and the county seat of, Randall County, Texas, United States. Palo Duro Canyon State Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): make a trip to Tex Randall, Big Texan, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lighthouse Trail, then immerse yourself in nature at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, and finally ride a horse along Old West Stables.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Canyon travel tool .

Austin to Canyon is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Austin in September; daily highs in Canyon reach 84°F and lows reach 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Navajo Dam.

Things to do in Canyon

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Palo Duro Canyon State Park ©
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Old West Stables ©
Old West Stables

3
nights
Navajo Dam

Navajo Dam ©
Get out of town with these interesting Navajo Dam side-trips: Pagosa Springs (Spas & The Choke Cherry Tree), Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton) and Aztec Ruins National Monument (in Aztec). Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring nature at Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Navajo Dam itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Canyon to Navajo Dam in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Canyon in September, things will get little chillier in Navajo Dam: highs are around 77°F and lows about 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Navajo Dam

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pagosa Springs, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Aztec Ruins National Monument, Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Chaco Culture National Historical Park ©
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Spas

few
hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park itinerary planner.

Drive from Navajo Dam to Mesa Verde National Park in 2.5 hours. September in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

1
night
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.
To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Salt Lake City road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Salt Lake City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 58°F in Salt Lake City. You will leave for Ennis on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Outdoors Parks Tours

6
nights
Ennis

Ennis ©
Ennis is a town in Madison County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Cliff Lake has been added to your itinerary. Explore Ennis' surroundings by going to Big Sky (Ousel Falls Trail, The Soldiers Chapel, & more), Earthquake Lake (in West Yellowstone) and Dillon (Bannack State Park & The Bookstore). The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Rockies, walk around Ennis Lion's Club Park, get engrossed in the history at American Computer Museum, and contemplate the long history of World Museum of Mining.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ennis online road trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Salt Lake City to Ennis. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Salt Lake City in September: high temperatures in Ennis hover around 70°F and lows are around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Ennis

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bozeman, Big Sky, Dillon, World Museum of Mining, Earthquake Lake
Highlights from your plan
Bannack State Park ©
Bannack State Park
Museum of the Rockies ©
Museum of the Rockies
American Computer Museum ©
American Computer Museum

3
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 now added Old Faithful Inn to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Artist Point, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ennis to Yellowstone National Park. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ennis in October: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 47°F and lows are around 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

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

4
nights
Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jackson Hole: Moose (Glacier View Turnout, Snake River Bridge, & more) and Grand Teton National Park (Grand Teton, Teton Point Turnout, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at National Museum of Wildlife Art, identify plant and animal life at Laurance Rockefeller Preserve, don't miss a visit to Town Square, and relax in the rural setting at T.A. Moulton Barn.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Jackson Hole trip app .

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October: highs in Jackson Hole hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
National Museum of Wildlife Art ©
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Town Square ©
Town Square

1
night
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Presidential Trail, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Keystone itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Jackson Hole to Keystone takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Jackson Hole in October since evenings lows in Keystone dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine
Breezy Point Picnic Area ©
Breezy Point Picnic Area

1
night
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read our Badlands National Park online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Keystone to Badlands National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Keystone in October, you will find days in Badlands National Park are somewhat warmer (65°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Alliance.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

1
night
Alliance

Alliance ©
Alliance is a city in Box Butte County, in the northwestern part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. On the 14th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Knight Museum and Sandhills Center, then appreciate the history behind Carhenge, and then ponder the design of City of Alliance Central Park Fountain.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Alliance journey maker app .

Getting from Badlands National Park to Alliance by car takes about 3.5 hours. In October in Alliance, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 32°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Grand Island.

Things to do in Alliance

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Knight Museum and Sandhills Center ©
Knight Museum and Sandhills Center
Carhenge ©
Carhenge

1
night
Grand Island

Grand Island ©
Grand Island is a city in and the county seat of Hall County, Nebraska, United States. On the 15th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer and then cool off at Island Oasis Water Park.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Island trip website .

Explore your travel options from Alliance to Grand Island with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Alliance in October, Grand Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tulsa.

Things to do in Grand Island

Theme Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Island Oasis Water Park ©
Island Oasis Water Park
Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer ©

1
night
Tulsa

Tulsa ©
Sometimes known as the "Buckle of the Bible Belt," Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma.
On the 16th (Wed), get to know the resident critters at Tulsa Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Gilcrease Museum, then explore the world behind art at Philbrook Museum of Art, and finally appreciate the history behind The Golden Driller. On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oklahoma Aquarium.

Plan a Tulsa trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Grand Island to Tulsa with the Route module. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Island in October, with highs in Tulsa at 76°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tulsa

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Oklahoma Aquarium
Highlights from your plan
Gilcrease Museum ©
Gilcrease Museum
Philbrook Museum of Art ©
Philbrook Museum of Art
BOK Center ©
BOK Center

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