25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Grand Teton National Park
— 4 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
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East Glacier Park
— 4 nights
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Devils Tower
— 3 nights
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Rapid City
— 3 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Grand Teton National Park

— 4 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.
Spend the 27th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. There's much more to do: cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, take in the dramatic natural features at Inspiration Point, explore the activities along Lake Solitude, and tour the pleasant surroundings at String Lake.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Grand Teton National Park vacation planning app.

New York City to Grand Teton National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from New York City in August, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Grand Teton National Park: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Yellowstone National Park

— 7 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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Hayden Valley.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in August, expect Yellowstone National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 70°F and 38°F. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to East Glacier Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

East Glacier Park

— 4 nights
East Glacier Park is a census-designated place (CDP) in Glacier County, Montana, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near East Glacier Park: DeBoo's Ranch Adventures (in Valier), Shelby (Carousel Rest Area of Shelby, Montana Veteran's Memorial Flag and Park, &more) and Glacier National Park (Goat Lick Overlook & Middle Fork of the Flathead). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Running Eagle Falls, hike along Dawson Pass and Pitamakan Pass Loop, and explore the activities along Two Medicine Lake.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our East Glacier Park online road trip planner.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to East Glacier Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Devils Tower.

Things to do in East Glacier Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Devils Tower

— 3 nights
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
Explore Devils Tower's surroundings by going to West Texas Trail Museum (in Moorcroft), Aladdin General Store (in Aladdin) and Sundance (Crook County Museum & Warren Peak Lookout Tower). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Tower National Monument, examine the collection at Hulett Museum, appreciate the history behind Wind Circles, and go for a walk through Tower Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Devils Tower day trip planning website.

Getting from East Glacier Park to Devils Tower by car takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Rapid City

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse), Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Black Hills Helicopters) and Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Sylvan Lake, &more). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA and wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Devils Tower to Rapid City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): get great views at Yellow Mounds Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, then hike along Castle Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Rapid City in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

United States travel guide

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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.