22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

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22 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Kansas City
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  9​h
5
Cheyenne
— 4 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
6
Topeka
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 15​min
End: Indianapolis

3
nights
Kansas City

Kansas City ©
The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, admire the masterpieces at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of National WWI Museum and Memorial, then look and learn at The Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station, then engage your brain at Museum of Illusions, and finally examine the collection at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, get engrossed in the history at National Frontier Trails Museum, then examine the collection at Bingham Waggoner Estate, and finally steep yourself in history at Union Station.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Kansas City trip planner.

Indianapolis to Kansas City is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Indianapolis to Kansas City. Traveling from Indianapolis in July, things will get a bit warmer in Kansas City: highs are around 89°F and lows about 72°F. You'll set off for Badlands National Park on the 13th (Tue).

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Independence, Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery
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National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
National WWI Museum and Memorial
Bingham Waggoner Estate ©
Bingham Waggoner Estate
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum ©
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

2
nights
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 14th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, then explore the striking landscape of White River Valley Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Burns Basin Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Castle Trail, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kansas City to Badlands National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Kansas City in July, expect little chillier with lows of 60°F in Badlands National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Custer.

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
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Museum @ Black Hills Institute and Sylvan Lake. Get in touch with nature at Horseback Riding Tours and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, stop by Art Expressions, and go for a walk through Breezy Point Picnic Area.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Custer vacation planner .

Drive from Badlands National Park to Custer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in July: high temperatures in Custer hover around 80°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, The Museum @ Black Hills Institute
Highlights from your plan
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Horseback Riding Tours
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©

4
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 a sense of the local culture at Fort Yellowstone Historic District and Uncle Tom's Trail. Get outdoors at Natural Bridge Trail and North Rim Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, explore the striking landscape at Artists’ Paintpots, take a peaceful walk through Petrified Tree, and don't miss a visit to Artist Point.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park day trip app .

Getting from Custer to Yellowstone National Park by combination of taxi, flight, and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Custer in July, expect Yellowstone National Park to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cheyenne.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Midway Geyser Basin ©
Midway Geyser Basin
S Rim Trail ©
S Rim Trail

4
nights
Cheyenne

Cheyenne ©
Cheyenne is the capital and most populous city of the US state of Wyoming and the county seat of Laramie County. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Curt Gowdy State Park and Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area and Reservoir Ridge Natural Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cheyenne: The Farm at Lee Martinez Park (in Fort Collins), Abbey of St. Walburga (in Virginia Dale) and Ivinson Mansion (in Laramie). Next up on the itinerary: have fun and explore at Wyoming State Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Lakeview Cemetery, appreciate the history behind Cheyenne Big Boots, and wander the wide-open spaces of Bit-O-Wyo Ranch.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cheyenne journey website .

Do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle from Yellowstone National Park to Cheyenne in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, with highs in Cheyenne at 84°F and lows at 56°F. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Topeka.

Things to do in Cheyenne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Collins, Abbey of St. Walburga, Ivinson Mansion
Highlights from your plan
Cheyenne Depot Museum ©
Cheyenne Depot Museum
Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum ©
Wyoming State Museum
Wyoming State Museum

2
nights
Topeka

Topeka ©
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Combat Air Museum and Evel Knievel Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Great Overland Station and Museum of the Kansas National Guard. Step out of Topeka to go to Lawrence and see Watkins Museum of History, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: ponder the world of politics at Kansas State Capitol Building, take in nature's colorful creations at Ted Ensley Gardens, examine the collection at Holley Museum of Military History, and contemplate the long history of Cedar Crest.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Topeka online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Cheyenne to Topeka in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cheyenne to Topeka due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Topeka when traveling from Cheyenne in July, with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Topeka

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Watkins Museum of History
Highlights from your plan
Combat Air Museum ©
Combat Air Museum
Evel Knievel Museum ©
Evel Knievel Museum
The Great Overland Station ©
The Great Overland Station

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