26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Lancaster
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Lancaster
— Few hours
Drive:  8​h
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Sandusky
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
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Chicago
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
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Dyersville
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h 15​min
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Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
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Rapid City
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
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Keystone
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
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Custer
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Cheyenne
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
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Jackson Hole
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
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Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
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Tacoma
— 1 night
End: Tacoma

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Lancaster

Lancaster
The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Lancaster online tour itinerary planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Lancaster. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. On the 14th (Mon), you're off toSandusky.

Things to do in Lancaster

Parks Shopping Museums

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Sandusky

Sandusky ©
Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
You've now added Cedar Point to your itinerary.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sandusky trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Lancaster to Sandusky in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a train. In May in Sandusky, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Sandusky

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cedar Point ©
Cedar Point

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Michigan as well as Wrigley Field. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then explore and take pictures at Wrigley Field, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Michigan.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chicago road trip app .

Getting from Sandusky to Chicago by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sandusky to Chicago. In May, daytime highs in Chicago are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Dyersville.

Things to do in Chicago

Nature Museums Parks

Side Trip

Lake Michigan
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field
Lake Michigan ©
Lake Michigan

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Dyersville

Dyersville
Dyersville is a city in eastern Delaware and western Dubuque counties in the U.S. Field of Dreams Movie Site has been added to your itinerary.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Dyersville visit planning website .

Traveling by car from Chicago to Dyersville takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Dyersville

Parks Wildlife Museums

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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sioux Falls online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Dyersville to Sioux Falls takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. May in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 46°F at night. You'll set off for Badlands National Park on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Zoos & Aquariums Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan

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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.
You've now added Badlands Wall to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall. On the next day, buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug Store, admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, and then identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip planner .

Drive from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Philip, Wall Drug
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. On the 21st (Mon), you'll travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Geology ©
Museum of Geology

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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.
To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Keystone trip planning site .

Keystone is very close to Rapid City. In May in Keystone, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 44°F at night. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Keystone

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail

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Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Needles Eye Tunnel as well as Black Hills National Forest. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel and then look for all kinds of wild species at Black Hills National Forest.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Custer tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Keystone to Custer in an hour. Traveling from Keystone in May, things will get a bit cooler in Custer: highs are around 59°F and lows about 37°F. You will leave for Colorado Springs on the 21st (Mon).

Things to do in Custer

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

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Cheyenne

Cheyenne ©
Cheyenne is the capital and most populous city of the US state of Wyoming and the county seat of Laramie County. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Wyoming State Capitol. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Benson Park Sculpture Garden and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cheyenne itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Custer to Cheyenne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Cheyenne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site, Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Highlights from your plan
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space ©
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
You've added Pikes Peak Mountain Bike Tours, Seven Falls, Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and other attractions to your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Devils Head Lookout in Sedalia (about 1h 25 min away). It doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs tour planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Custer to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Custer in May, expect Colorado Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 69°F and 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Devils Head Lookout, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Devils Head Lookout ©
Devils Head Lookout
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 29th (Tue), stop by F.M. Light & Sons and then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs travel route planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Colorado Springs to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in May; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 61°F and lows reach 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
F.M. Light & Sons ©
F.M. Light & Sons

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Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Jackson Hole Shootout, then look for all kinds of wild species at National Elk Refuge, then make a trip to Town Square, and finally explore the galleries of National Museum of Wildlife Art.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Jackson Hole day trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Steamboat Springs to Jackson Hole in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Steamboat Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Jackson Hole, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 33°F. On the 30th (Wed), you'll travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors Tours Parks

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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.
On the 30th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Teton. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Oxbow Bend Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, then contemplate the long history of Mormon Row Historic District, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Transfiguration, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Jenny Lake Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Teton National Park trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Jackson Hole to Grand Teton National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 1st (Fri), you'll travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Jenny Lake Trail ©
Jenny Lake Trail
Chapel of the Transfiguration ©
Chapel of the Transfiguration

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Yellowstone Lake and Old Faithful. There's more to do: admire all the interesting features of Lamar Valley and stroll through Artist Point.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip builder tool .

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Yellowstone National Park sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 34°F at night. On the 4th (Mon), you're off toWest Yellowstone.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
S Rim Trail ©
S Rim Trail
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley

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Tacoma

Tacoma ©
Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city in and the county seat of Pierce County, Washington, United States. To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tacoma online travel planner .

Do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Tacoma in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Tacoma: highs are around 72°F and lows about 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tacoma

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tacoma Art Museum ©
Tacoma Art Museum
Chihuly Bridge of Glass ©
Chihuly Bridge of Glass

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