18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Lockport
Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Lincoln
— 1 night
+3
Fly + taxi + bus + taxi:  6​h 30​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Laramie
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Fort Collins
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Durango
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Lockport

1
night
Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Chalco Hills Recreation Area. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Holmes Park & Lake.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lincoln trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Valentine to Lincoln by car takes about 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Lincoln when traveling from Valentine in September, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Decorah.

Things to do in Lincoln

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Chalco Hills Recreation Area
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Chalco Hills Recreation Area ©
Chalco Hills Recreation Area
Holmes Park & Lake ©
Holmes Park & Lake

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 4th (Sat): get great views at Yellow Mounds Overlook, hike along Fossil Exhibit Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Badlands National Park fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Lincoln to Badlands National Park by combination of flight, bus, and taxi takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lincoln to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lincoln in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 58°F in Badlands National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Laramie.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

2
nights
Laramie

Laramie ©
Laramie is a city and the county seat of Albany County, Wyoming, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes University of Wyoming as well as Medicine Bow National Forest. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Ames Monument, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vedauwoo, then don't miss a visit to Laramie Mural Project, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Laramie.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Laramie journey planning website .

You can drive from Fort Collins to Laramie in 1.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Fort Collins in August, with highs in Laramie at 79°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Thermopolis.

Things to do in Laramie

#Parks, #Nature, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ames Monument
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Downtown Laramie ©
Downtown Laramie
University of Wyoming ©
University of Wyoming
Ames Monument ©
Ames Monument

2
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Fort Collins is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Larimer County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Funkwerks and then trek along Poudre River Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Fort Collins vacation maker site .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Fort Collins in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Fort Collins: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Laramie.

Things to do in Fort Collins

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Poudre River Trail, Arapaho National Forest, Devil's Backbone Open Space
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Devil's Backbone Open Space ©
Devil's Backbone Open Space
Funkwerks ©
Funkwerks

2
nights
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 8th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tundra Communities Trail. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Mills Lake and then take in the awesome beauty at Longs Peak.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fort Collins to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Winding River Resort Stables
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Mills Lake ©
Mills Lake
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Winding River Resort Stables ©
Winding River Resort Stables

2
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Ice Lakes and then stroll through Ophir Pass Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, then hike along Horsethief Trail, and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ouray day trip planning website .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Ouray by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, things will get a bit cooler in Ouray: highs are around 70°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trips

Ice Lakes, Ophir Pass Trail
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Ophir Pass Trail ©
Ophir Pass Trail
Ice Lakes ©
Ice Lakes
Climbing Tours

5
nights
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Step off the beaten path and head to Piedra River Trail and Long House. Get in touch with nature at Animas River and Piedra Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durango: San Juan River Walk (in Pagosa Springs) and Petroglyph Point Hike (in Mesa Verde National Park). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, stop by Animas Chocolate Company, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Trimble Hot Springs.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Durango day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Jackson Hole to Durango in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Jackson Hole in August, Durango is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 51°F. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Pagosa Springs, Mesa Verde National Park
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Piedra Falls ©
Piedra Falls
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Animas River ©
Animas River

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