23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Tucumcari
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Santa Rosa
— 1 night
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
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Leadville
— 1 night
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Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 1 night
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
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Custer
— 3 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Tucumcari

Tucumcari is a city in and the county seat of Quay County, New Mexico, United States. To plan Tucumcari vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Austin to Tucumcari is an approximately 9-hour car ride. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In September, Tucumcari is slightly colder than Austin - with highs of 87°F and lows of 60°F. On the 11th (Fri), you'll travel to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Tucumcari

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Santa Rosa

— 1 night
Santa Rosa is a city in and the county seat of Guadalupe County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Santa Rosa Lake State Park, see the interesting displays at Route 66 Auto Museum, and then explore the activities along Park Lake.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Santa Rosa day trip website.

Getting from Tucumcari to Santa Rosa by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Tucumcari in September, expect Santa Rosa to be slightly colder, temps between 76°F and 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks · Nature · Museums

Pagosa Springs

— 1 night
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument, then explore by horseback at Diamond Hitch Stables, then hike along San Juan River Walk, and finally view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Pagosa Springs online travel planner.

You can drive from Santa Rosa to Pagosa Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Santa Rosa in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Pagosa Springs, with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Leadville.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Leadville

— 1 night
Leadville is the statutory city that is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stroll through Mineral Belt Trail, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mayflower Gulch, then get engrossed in the history at Temple Israel, and finally take an in-depth tour of Heritage Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Leadville driving holiday site.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Leadville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Pagosa Springs in September; daily highs in Leadville reach 63°F and lows reach 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Leadville

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports

Grand Teton National Park

— 3 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Menor's Ferry Historical Trail and Chapel of the Sacred Heart. Get in touch with nature at Leigh Lake and Grand View Point. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Snake River, explore the striking landscape at Glacier View Turnout, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hermitage Point, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Elk Ranch Flats Turnout, Grand Teton National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park holiday planner.

You can fly from Leadville to Grand Teton National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in September, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like West Thumb Geyser Basin and Artists Paintpots. Visiting Midway Geyser Basin and Gibbon Falls will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, get outside with Morning Glory Pool, take in the dramatic natural features at Aurum Geyser, and hike along Lone Star Geyser.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park holiday tool.

Drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Grand Teton National Park in September, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 60°F and lows at 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

West Yellowstone

— 1 night
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): get outside with Madison River Outfitters, explore the activities along Hebgen Lake, and then catch all the local highlights with Horizon Travel Yeti Aviation.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone trip itinerary website.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to West Yellowstone by car takes about 1.5 hours. September in West Yellowstone sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 32°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Glacier National Park

— 3 nights

Crown of the Continent

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Take a break from the city and head to McDonald Creek and Iceberg Lake. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishercap Lake and Baring Falls. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cracker Lake Hike, trek along Goat Lick Overlook, get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall, and get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Glacier National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in September: high temperatures in Glacier National Park hover around 70°F and lows are around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Custer

— 3 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Escape the urban bustle at Black Hills Balloons and Stockade Lake. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunday Gulch Trail and Black Hills Aerial Adventures. Step out of Custer with an excursion to Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium in Keystone--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bismark Lake Campground, see Custer State Park Resort, see a world frozen in time at Four Mile Old West Town, and see the interesting displays at Custer County 1881 Courthouse.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Custer travel route planning website.

You can fly from Glacier National Park to Custer in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In September in Custer, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Badlands National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Conata Basin Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Homestead Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Burns Basin Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape of White River Valley Overlook. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Trail, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sage Creek Wilderness Area, and then get great views at Pinnacles Overlook.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park online trip planner.

Getting from Custer to Badlands National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Custer in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 49°F at night. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hutchinson.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Hutchinson

— 1 night
Hutchinson is the largest city and county seat in Reno County, Kansas, United States, and located on the Arkansas River. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Dillon Nature Center, then get curious at Cosmosphere, and then see the interesting displays at Reno County Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hutchinson trip itinerary website.

Explore your travel options from Badlands National Park to Hutchinson with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Hutchinson. Traveling from Badlands National Park in October, expect Hutchinson to be somewhat warmer, temps between 74°F and 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Hutchinson

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

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.

Montana travel guide

4.8
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.