22 days in Continental USA Itinerary

22 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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22 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Drive:  8​h
1
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Keystone
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  7​h
5
Glacier National Park
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + tram + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
6
Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 night
car:  12​h
7
Crater Lake National Park
— 1 night
car:  7​h
8
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
9
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
10
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
11
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
13
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
14
Moab
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
15
Arches National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  8​h
16
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10​h
End: Detroit

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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 14th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Pinnacles Overlook, look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Conata Basin Overlook, then explore the striking landscape of Homestead Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Bigfoot Pass Overlook.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park itinerary planner .

Detroit to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Detroit in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

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Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
You've now added Mount Rushmore National Memorial to your itinerary.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Keystone trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Keystone takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Badlands National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days in Keystone, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the activities along Dragon's Mouth Springs, get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at S Rim Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Biscuit Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along North Rim Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Artists’ Paintpots, explore the striking landscape at Gibbon Falls, admire all the interesting features of Fountain Paint Pot, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin, and finally take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser.

Discover how to plan a Yellowstone National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Keystone to Yellowstone National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Keystone in September; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 60°F and lows reach 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dragon's Mouth Springs ©
Dragon's Mouth Springs
Midway Geyser Basin ©
Midway Geyser Basin
Gibbon Falls ©
Gibbon Falls

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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): trek along Menor's Ferry Historical Trail, explore the striking landscape of String Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Teton Point Turnout, then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Group, then contemplate the waterfront views at Leigh Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Sacred Heart. On your second day here, admire the verdant scenery at Amphitheater Lake, then admire the sheer force of Hidden Falls, and then explore the stunning scenery at Cascade Canyon.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 3 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Teton National Park: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
String Lake ©
String Lake
Leigh Lake ©
Leigh Lake
Cascade Canyon ©
Cascade Canyon

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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the activities along Bullhead Lake, contemplate the waterfront views at Fishercap Lake, contemplate the waterfront views at Iceberg Lake, then explore the activities along McDonald Creek, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall. Keep things going the next day: trek along Cracker Lake Hike, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Apikuni Falls.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Grand Teton National Park to Glacier National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishercap Lake ©
Fishercap Lake
Iceberg Lake ©
Iceberg Lake
Cracker Lake Hike ©
Cracker Lake Hike

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Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park
The star attraction of Mt.
To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mount Rainier National Park travel route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Glacier National Park to Mount Rainier National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Glacier National Park to Mount Rainier National Park is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Mount Rainier National Park when traveling from Glacier National Park in September, with lows around 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks

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Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park ©
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): trek along Pinnacles Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Crest Wildflower Trail, then take in the awesome beauty at Watchman Peak, and finally admire the sheer force of Vidae Falls.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Crater Lake National Park trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Mount Rainier National Park to Crater Lake National Park by combination of train and taxi takes about 12 hours. Traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in September, you will find days in Crater Lake National Park are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Watchman Peak ©
Watchman Peak
Pinnacles Trail ©
Pinnacles Trail
Vidae Falls ©
Vidae Falls

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nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get great views at Washburn Point, kick back and relax at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest, then take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, then make a trip to Pothole Dome, and finally stroll through May Lake Trailhead. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Four Mile Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and then trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Crater Lake National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. Traveling from Crater Lake National Park in September, expect Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 74°F and 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome
Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail ©
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Whitney and then admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planning app .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls
Mt. Whitney ©
Mt. Whitney

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 27th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range and then steep yourself in history at Charcoal Kilns.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park visit planner .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Charcoal Kilns ©
Charcoal Kilns

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Grand Canyon National Park

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.
For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, around 43°F, while days are little chillier, around 75°F. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yavapai Point ©
Yavapai Point

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll through Temple of Sinawava Trail and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town).

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Zion National Park journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September: highs in Zion National Park hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town)
Highlights from your plan
Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town) ©
Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town)

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Bryce Amphitheatre, then stroll through Rim Trail, and then get great views at Yovimpa Point.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park trip builder app .

You can drive from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Zion National Park in September; daily highs in Bryce Canyon National Park reach 70°F and lows reach 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Moab.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bryce Amphitheatre ©
Bryce Amphitheatre
Yovimpa Point ©
Yovimpa Point

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Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Moab online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Moab in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September: high temperatures in Moab hover around 84°F and lows are around 55°F. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Scott Matheson Wetlands Preserve ©

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Tunnel Arch, take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Courthouse Towers, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Tower of Babel.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park trip builder tool .

Drive from Moab to Arches National Park in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Arches National Park are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Turret Arch ©
Turret Arch
Tunnel Arch ©
Tunnel Arch
Tower of Babel ©
Tower of Babel

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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.
On the 2nd (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, stroll through Lily Lake Trailhead, then admire the sheer force of Calypso Cascades, then admire the sheer force of Ouzel Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead, hike along North Inlet Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park road trip planning site .

You can drive from Arches National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes
Ouzel  Falls ©
Ouzel Falls

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