24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

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24 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Buffalo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Idaho Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Lake Powell
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Grand Junction
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Denver

3
nights
Denver

Denver ©
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.
Bring the kids along to Garden of the Gods and Downtown Aquarium. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: United States Air Force Academy (in Colorado Springs), Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park) and Brownfield's (in Estes Park). And it doesn't end there: get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, and wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Denver travel route planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Denver International Airport and City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Colorado Springs, Trail Ridge Road, Brownfield's
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Reptile Gardens and Dinosaur Park. Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Loop Road (in Badlands National Park), Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone) and Wall Drug (in Wall). There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, get a taste of the local shopping with Suzie Cappa Art Center, get in on the family fun at Storybook Island, and wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Denver to Rapid City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Rapid City sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Buffalo.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Wall Drug, Loop Road, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Storybook Island ©
Storybook Island

2
nights
Buffalo

Buffalo ©
Buffalo is a city in Johnson County, Wyoming, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): get your game on at Creekside Clubhouse & Greens, admire all the interesting features of US Highway 16, then get engrossed in the history at Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum, and finally examine the collection at The Historic Occidental Hotel Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get lost in a book at Johnson County Library, admire the masterpieces at The Brinton Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Fort Phil Kearny, and finally pause for some photo ops at Fetterman Battlefield Monument.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Buffalo attractions planner.

You can drive from Rapid City to Buffalo in 3.5 hours. August in Buffalo sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Buffalo

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

The Brinton Museum, Fetterman Battlefield Monument, Fort Phil Kearny
Highlights from your plan
The Historic Occidental Hotel Museum ©
Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum ©
Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum
Fort Phil Kearny ©
Fort Phil Kearny

3
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.
Kids will enjoy Grand Geyser and Porcelain Basin. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Point, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and trek along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Buffalo to Yellowstone National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Buffalo in August, things will get slightly colder in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 24°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Idaho Falls.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Geyser ©
Grand Geyser
Porcelain Basin ©
Porcelain Basin

2
nights
Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls ©
Idaho Falls is a city in and the county seat of Bonneville County, Idaho, United States, and is the largest city in Eastern Idaho. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Snake River Greenbelt, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Yellowstone Bear World. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Hell's Half Acre Lava Field, then see the interesting displays at Idaho Potato Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Idaho Falls River Walk, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Idaho.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Idaho Falls online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Idaho Falls takes 3 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, expect Idaho Falls to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Idaho Falls

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Yellowstone Bear World, Idaho Potato Museum
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Bear World ©
Yellowstone Bear World
Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park ©
Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park
Idaho Potato Museum
Idaho Potato Museum

2
nights
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
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.
On the 27th (Thu), get in on the family fun at Lagoon Amusement Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon, then get to know the resident critters at Utah's Hogle Zoo, then contemplate the long history of Assembly Hall, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Art at the Main Gallery.

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Traveling by flight from Idaho Falls to Salt Lake City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Idaho Falls in August; daily highs in Salt Lake City reach 39°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lagoon Amusement Park
Highlights from your plan
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Utah's Hogle Zoo ©
Utah's Hogle Zoo
Lagoon Amusement Park ©
Lagoon Amusement Park

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nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 29th (Sat), look and learn at RedRock Astronomy and then take in the awesome beauty at Arches National Park. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Tom Till Gallery and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Moab tour itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of flight and car from Salt Lake City to Moab in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. August in Moab sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lake Powell.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Trails Nature
Highlights from your plan
Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Tom Till Gallery ©
Tom Till Gallery

2
nights
Lake Powell

Lake Powell ©
Lake Powell serves as the playground for the town of Page, drawing nearly three million visitors annually.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Ticaboo Canyon and then trek along Rainbow Bridge Trail. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lake Powell journey maker tool .

Getting from Moab to Lake Powell by car takes about 8.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Lake Powell when traveling from Moab in August, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Lake Powell

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area ©

1
night
Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Monument Valley holiday planner.

You can drive from Lake Powell to Monument Valley in 6 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Lake Powell in September, with highs in Monument Valley at 32°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours

3
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa, wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction, and do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Grand Junction trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Grand Junction takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Theme Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Meadery of the Rockies
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park ©
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa

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