22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

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22 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dayton
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  6​h
1
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Custer
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 45​min
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
+4
Drive + bus + foot + Fly + taxi:  10​h 30​min
End: Dayton

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Saddle Pass Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burns Basin Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Homestead Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape at Conata Basin Overlook.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Dayton to Badlands National Park is an approximately 6-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dayton to Badlands National Park. Traveling from Dayton in June, Badlands National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jewel Cave National Monument as well as Custer State Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Custer trip itinerary website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Custer in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, you will find days in Custer are slightly colder (80°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). You'll set off for home on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Jewel Cave National Monument ©
Jewel Cave National Monument

7
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.
Get in touch with nature at Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic Spring. Popular historic sites such as Uncle Tom's Trail and S Rim Trail are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River, take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Loop Road, and steep yourself in history at Fort Yellowstone Historic District.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Custer to Yellowstone National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Custer in June: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 66°F and lows are around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Artists’ Paintpots ©
Artists’ Paintpots
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
Firehole Canyon Drive ©
Firehole Canyon Drive

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive and Menor's Ferry Historical Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Signal Mountain Summit Road and Teton National Forest. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Cascade Canyon, take in the awesome beauty at Jackson Lake Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier View Turnout, and appreciate the views at Potholes Turnout, Grand Teton National Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Teton National Park online road trip planner .

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July: highs in Grand Teton National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Bridger Teton National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Signal Mountain Summit Road ©
Signal Mountain Summit Road
Bridger Teton National Forest ©
Bridger Teton National Forest
Cascade Canyon ©
Cascade Canyon

2
nights
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
On the 7th (Tue), cruise along Arches National Park Scenic Drive, explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch, and then explore the striking landscape at Sand Dune Arch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): stroll through Tunnel Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Double O Arch, then explore the ancient world of Sego Canyon Petroglyphs, and finally stroll through Turret Arch.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Arches National Park online route planner .

You can fly from Grand Teton National Park to Arches National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. While traveling from Grand Teton National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Arches National Park, ranging from highs of 97°F to lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sego Canyon Petroglyphs
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Sand Dune Arch ©
Sand Dune Arch
Double O Arch ©
Double O Arch
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

1
night
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 9th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, don't miss a visit to Park Point, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Arches National Park in July; daily highs in Mesa Verde National Park reach 90°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Visiting Cub Lake Trail and Tundra Communities Trail will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum and Aspen and Evergreen Gallery. Explore Rocky Mountain National Park's surroundings by going to Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery (in Estes Park), Fort Collins Museum of Discovery (in Fort Collins) and Swetsville Zoo (in Timnath). And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Tiny Town Miniature Golf, identify plant and animal life at Sheep Lakes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, and admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Estes Park, Swetsville Zoo, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
Highlights from your plan
Swetsville Zoo ©
Swetsville Zoo
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery ©
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

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