21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Buffalo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Idaho Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Lake Powell
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Denver

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nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Denver online trip planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Denver International Airport and City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport. In August, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Downtown Aquarium ©
Downtown Aquarium

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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'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Reptile Gardens and Storybook Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs), Sylvan Lake (in Custer) and Loop Road (in Badlands National Park). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Dinosaur Park, brush up on your military savvy at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Rapid City trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Denver to Rapid City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Buffalo.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Loop Road, Sylvan Lake
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Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Storybook Island ©
Storybook Island
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

1
night
Buffalo

Buffalo ©
Buffalo is a city in Johnson County, Wyoming, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): stroll through Crazy Woman Canyon, explore and take pictures at US Highway 16, and then see the interesting displays at The Historic Occidental Hotel Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Buffalo online tour planner .

You can drive from Rapid City to Buffalo in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Buffalo

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trip

Crazy Woman Canyon
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The Historic Occidental Hotel Museum ©

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yellowstone National Park: Grand Teton (in Grand Teton National Park) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Gardiner). Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, tour the pleasant surroundings at Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, and hike along Artist Point.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Buffalo to Yellowstone National Park. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Buffalo in August, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 24°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Idaho Falls.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Horseback Riding Tours, Grand Teton
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Horseback Riding Tours
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

2
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Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls ©
Idaho Falls is a city in and the county seat of Bonneville County, Idaho, United States, and is the largest city in Eastern Idaho. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Snake River Greenbelt, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Idaho, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Yellowstone Bear World, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hell's Half Acre. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Idaho Potato Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Idaho Falls River Walk, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Idaho Falls trip maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yellowstone National Park to Idaho Falls. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, expect Idaho Falls to be a bit warmer, temps between 35°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Idaho Falls

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Idaho Potato Museum, Yellowstone Bear World
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Bear World ©
Yellowstone Bear World
Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park ©
Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park
Idaho Potato Museum ©
Idaho Potato Museum

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nights
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 15th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Utah's Hogle Zoo, and then get curious at Joseph Smith Memorial Building. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Lagoon Amusement Park, explore and take pictures at Temple Square, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Salt Lake City journey planner.

Fly from Idaho Falls to Salt Lake City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Idaho Falls in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Salt Lake City: highs are around 39°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lagoon Amusement Park
Highlights from your plan
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Lagoon Amusement Park ©
Lagoon Amusement Park
Utah's Hogle Zoo ©
Utah's Hogle Zoo

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Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 17th (Mon), look and learn at RedRock Astronomy and then take in the awesome beauty at Arches National Park. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Tom Till Gallery and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Moab tour itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of flight and car from Salt Lake City to Moab in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. August in Moab sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lake Powell.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Tom Till Gallery ©
Tom Till Gallery

1
night
Lake Powell

Lake Powell
Lake Powell serves as the playground for the town of Page, drawing nearly three million visitors annually.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Ticaboo Canyon and then trek along Rainbow Bridge Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lake Powell trip maker site .

Drive from Moab to Lake Powell in 9 hours. Traveling from Moab in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lake Powell, with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Lake Powell

Parks Outdoors Nature

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night
Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Monument Valley holiday planner.

You can drive from Lake Powell to Monument Valley in 7 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Lake Powell in August, with highs in Monument Valley at 36°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours

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Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 21st (Fri), get curious at Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey, learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, then don't miss a visit to Clark Family Orchards, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at John McConnell Math and Science Center, engage your brain at Children's Nature Center, and then stop by Enstrom's.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Grand Junction online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Grand Junction takes 5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Museums Childrens Museums Nature

Side Trips

Palisade, Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey
Highlights from your plan
Children's Nature Center ©
Children's Nature Center
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa

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