22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Owensboro, Fly to St. Louis
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Saint Louis
— 4 nights
Fly
4
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Fly
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Maswik Lodge
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Hot Springs

— 2 nights

Valley of the Vapors

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
On the 1st (Thu), engage your brain at Mid-America Science Museum and then stop by Bathhouse Soapery. On the next day, relax and rejuvenate at The Yoga Place, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ouachita, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Anthony Chapel.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hot Springs road trip planner.

Los Angeles to Hot Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Hot Springs. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect Hot Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 92°F and 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 2 nights
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
On the 4th (Sun), trek along Fat Man's Misery, hike along Tall Man's Misery, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the activities along Echo River, and then trek along Cedar Sink Trail.

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Drive from Hot Springs to Mammoth Cave National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, Mammoth Cave National Park is little chillier than Hot Springs - with highs of 86°F and lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Saint Louis

— 4 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Gateway Arch and City Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Onondaga Cave (in Leasburg) and Elephant Rocks State Park (in Belleview). There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Saint Louis Zoo, walk around Tilles Park, admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

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Do a combination of car and flight from Mammoth Cave National Park to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Rapid City

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 10th (Sat), look for gifts at Goodtyme Photo, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, go for a walk through Breezy Point Picnic Area, then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and finally find something for the whole family at Storybook Island. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens and then identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Saint Louis to Rapid City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Saint Louis in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Rapid City, with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park

— 6 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Mount Washburn. Take a break from Yellowstone National Park with a short trip to Horseback Riding Tours in Gardiner, about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, get outside with Morning Glory Pool, explore the striking landscape at Aurum Geyser, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail.

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Fly from Rapid City to Yellowstone National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Rapid City, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Mount Rainier National Park

— 2 nights
The star attraction of Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the verdant scenery at Paradise Valley, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Skyline Trail, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mount Rainier National Park journey planning app.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Mount Rainier National Park by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Mount Rainier National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, with highs in Mount Rainier National Park at 79°F and lows at 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Grand Canyon South Rim and South Kaibab Trail. On the 22nd (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: trek along Rim Trail, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, and stroll around Indian Garden.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mount Rainier National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 13 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mount Rainier National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.