23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Alamogordo
Drive:  6 h 30 min
1
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 day
Drive:  5 h 30 min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
3
Wind Cave National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
5
Medora
— 1 night
Drive:  9 h
6
Voyageurs National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11 h 15 min
7
Isle Royale National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10 h 45 min
8
Brecksville
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h
9
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6 h 15 min
10
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h 45 min
11
Hopkins
— 1 night
Drive:  12 h
12
Hot Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  15 h 30 min
13
Big Bend National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  8 h 30 min
End: Alamogordo

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek, and then hike along Mosca Pass Trail.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve travel route planner.

Alamogordo to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is an approximately 6.5- hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Alamogordo, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Sky Pond, contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, contemplate the waterfront views at Bierstadt Lake, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tundra Communities Trail, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, and finally hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Rocky Mountain National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 43°F in Rocky Mountain National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Wind Cave National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

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Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park presents one of the United States' few remaining intact prairies.
You've now added Mount Rushmore National Memorial to your itinerary. On the 4th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Wind Cave National Park, trek along Rankin Ridge Nature Trail, take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, then stroll through Elk Mountain Nature Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Windcross Conservancy, and finally pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Wind Cave National Park online trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rocky Mountain National Park to Wind Cave National Park. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in May: high temperatures in Wind Cave National Park hover around 59°F and lows are around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Wind Cave National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Windcross Conservancy, Needles Highway, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Windcross Conservancy ©
Windcross Conservancy

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Badlands National Park trip planning tool.

You can drive from Wind Cave National Park to Badlands National Park in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Wind Cave National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Medora.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

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Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Theodore Roosevelt National Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 6th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Painted Canyon Overlook, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and then examine the collection at North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Medora driving holiday app.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Medora takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Badlands National Park in May, expect nights in Medora to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are slightly colder, around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Voyageurs National Park.

Things to do in Medora

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Painted Canyon Overlook
Highlights from your plan
Theodore Roosevelt National Park ©
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Painted Canyon Overlook ©
Painted Canyon Overlook
North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame ©
North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame

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Voyageurs National Park

Voyageurs National Park ©
Minnesota calls itself "The Land of 10,000 Lakes," and a good number of these lie inside of Voyageurs National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): stroll through Echo Bay Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Rainy Lake, then hike along Locator Lake Trail, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Crane Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Kabetogama Peninsula and then admire the natural beauty at Ellsworth Rock Gardens.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Voyageurs National Park visit planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Medora to Voyageurs National Park. The time zone difference when traveling from Medora to Voyageurs National Park is 1 hour. In May in Voyageurs National Park, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 38°F at night. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Isle Royale National Park.

Things to do in Voyageurs National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Rainy Lake ©
Rainy Lake
Ellsworth Rock Gardens ©
Ellsworth Rock Gardens

3
nights
Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale National Park ©
Isolated by its location in the northern reaches of Lake Superior, Isle Royale National Park treats its visitors to a wilderness of second-growth forests, clear lakes, and rugged coastline inhabited by moose, wolves, otters, and foxes.
Isle Royale National Park is known for historic sites, trails, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Scoville Point, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Louise, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Ojibway Trail, and hike along Greenstone Ridge Trail.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Isle Royale National Park trip itinerary builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Voyageurs National Park to Isle Royale National Park. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 38°F. You will leave for Brecksville on the 12th (Tue).

Things to do in Isle Royale National Park

Parks Historic Sites Trails
Highlights from your plan
Greenstone Ridge Trail ©
Greenstone Ridge Trail
Scoville Point ©
Scoville Point
Pete Edisen Fishery ©
Pete Edisen Fishery

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night
Brecksville

Brecksville ©
Brecksville is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States, and a suburb in the Greater Cleveland area. Cuyahoga Valley National Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): get outside with Ledges Overlook, then take in the dramatic scenery at Brandywine Falls, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Brecksville Reservation, then take in the dramatic scenery at Chagrin Waterfalls, and then try your luck at Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Brecksville road trip planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Isle Royale National Park to Brecksville with the Route module. In May, Brecksville is a bit warmer than Isle Royale National Park - with highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Brecksville

Parks Nature Casinos

Side Trips

Brandywine Falls, Chagrin Waterfalls, Ledges Overlook, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
Highlights from your plan
Cuyahoga Valley National Park ©
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Brandywine Falls ©
Brandywine Falls
Brecksville Reservation ©
Brecksville Reservation

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Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo, explore the fascinating underground world of Diamond Caverns, then trek along Tall Man's Misery, and finally Head underground at Mammoth Cave.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Cave National Park attractions planner.

Drive from Brecksville to Mammoth Cave National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Brecksville to Mammoth Cave National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Diamond Caverns, Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Tall Man's Misery ©
Tall Man's Misery
Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo ©
Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park day trip site.

Getting from Mammoth Cave National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. May in Great Smoky Mountains National Park sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. You'll set off for Hopkins on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

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Hopkins

Hopkins ©
Hopkins is a census-designated place (CDP) in Richland County, South Carolina, United States, that was founded c. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Congaree National Park. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Congaree National Park.

Before you visit Hopkins, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Explore your travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Hopkins with the Route module. In May, daily temperatures in Hopkins can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Hopkins

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Poinsett State Park
Highlights from your plan
Congaree National Park ©
Congaree National Park
Poinsett State Park ©
Poinsett State Park

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Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, then take in nature's colorful creations at Garvan Woodland Gardens, and then make a trip to Arkansas Walk of Fame.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hot Springs day trip website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hopkins to Hot Springs. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Hot Springs are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Garvan Woodland Gardens ©
Garvan Woodland Gardens
Zipline

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Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park ©
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
Big Bend National Park is known for nature, trails, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Chisos Mountains, take in breathtaking views at Boquillas Canyon, trek along Ernst Tinaja Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lost Mine Trail.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Big Bend National Park day trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Hot Springs to Big Bend National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. In May, Big Bend National Park is a bit warmer than Hot Springs - with highs of 93°F and lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Chisos Mountains ©
Chisos Mountains
Santa Elena Canyon ©
Santa Elena Canyon
Lost Mine Trail ©
Lost Mine Trail

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