23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Indianapolis
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Iowa City
— 1 night
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Mitchell
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Wall
— 1 night
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Devils Tower
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Cody
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
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Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
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Jackson Hole
— 1 night
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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
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Reno
— 1 night
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Olympic Valley
— 1 day
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
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Flagstaff
— 1 night
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 1 night
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Kansas City
— 1 night
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Indianapolis

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Indianapolis trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Indianapolis. In August, daily temperatures in Indianapolis can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. On the 23rd (Fri), you're off to Iowa City.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks · Museums · Nightlife · Fun & Games

Iowa City

— 1 night
Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Iowa City visit planner.

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Iowa City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Indianapolis to Iowa City. In August in Iowa City, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 63°F at night. You will leave for Mitchell on the 24th (Sat).

Things to do in Iowa City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Mitchell

Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. On the 24th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Corn Palace.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mitchell trip planner.

Traveling by car from Iowa City to Mitchell takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. August in Mitchell sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Wall.
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Wall

— 1 night
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, stroll through Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, brush up on your military savvy at Delta-09 Missile Silo, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and finally take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Wall road trip planning website.

Drive from Mitchell to Wall in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Wall can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Wall

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, then see the interesting displays at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rapid City road trip planning site.

Drive from Wall to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Devils Tower

A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
On the 27th (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Wind Circles and then explore the striking landscape at Devils Tower National Monument.

Planning Devils Tower trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Getting from Rapid City to Devils Tower by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cody.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Nature · Parks
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Cody

— 1 night

Preferred Gateway to Yellowstone

A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cody trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Devils Tower to Cody in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Cody sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 55°F at night. On the 28th (Wed), you'll travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums

Yellowstone National Park

— 1 night

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.
On the 28th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and finally take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park holiday builder site.

You can drive from Cody to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cody in August, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 70°F and lows at 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park

— 1 night

Mountains of the Imagination

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.
On the 30th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Transfiguration.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Teton National Park: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 43°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Jackson Hole

— 1 night
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.
On the 30th (Fri), examine the collection at National Museum of Wildlife Art.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Jackson Hole day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Grand Teton National Park to Jackson Hole takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in August, and nighttime lows around 43°F. On the 31st (Sat), you'll travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Salt Lake City

— 2 nights

Crossroads of the West

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 31st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salt Lake Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Utah, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Tabernacle, and then explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Salt Lake City journey tool.

You can drive from Jackson Hole to Salt Lake City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Jackson Hole in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Salt Lake City, with highs around 92°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 67°F. You'll set off for Reno on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Reno

— 1 night

Biggest Little City in the World

A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Reno trip planner.

You can drive from Salt Lake City to Reno in 8 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Salt Lake City in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 52°F in Reno. You will leave for Olympic Valley on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Reno

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Olympic Valley

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): browse the exhibits of Tahoe City Field Station, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tahoe, and then take an in-depth tour of Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Olympic Valley trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Reno to Olympic Valley in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Reno in September: high temperatures in Olympic Valley hover around 72°F and lows are around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Olympic Valley

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, make a trip to Ansel Adams Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then make a trip to Washburn Point, and finally take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Olympic Valley to Yosemite National Park. September in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 5th (Thu), take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy and then take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Trails

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 6th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then steep yourself in history at Charcoal Kilns.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park online travel planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 7 hours. In September, daytime highs in Death Valley National Park are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hoover Dam. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): examine the collection at The National Atomic Testing Museum, then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas, then take an in-depth tour of Titanic, and finally wander the streets of The Strip.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas online travel route builder.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Las Vegas when traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, with lows around 71°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 9th (Mon), explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Las Vegas in September: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Flagstaff

— 1 night

City of Seven Wonders

Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wupatki National Monument.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Flagstaff travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Flagstaff takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Flagstaff are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Santa Fe

— 2 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, then don't miss a visit to Canyon Road, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Valles Caldera National Preserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Ojito Wilderness.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santa Fe day trip app.

Traveling by car from Flagstaff to Santa Fe takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Flagstaff in September: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 80°F and lows are around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): look for gifts at Dardano's Shoes.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Denver itinerary planning website.

Fly from Santa Fe to Denver in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In September in Denver, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 52°F at night. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kansas City.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping
Highlights from your trip

Kansas City

— 1 night

City of Fountains

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Union Station.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kansas City holiday planner.

You can drive from Denver to Kansas City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Denver to Kansas City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kansas City, with lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kansas City

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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.

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

4.3
Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.