28 days in United States Itinerary

28 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route maker

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Atlanta
— 5 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Rapid City
— 4 nights
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Cody
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Jackson Hole
— 4 nights
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Atlanta

— 5 nights

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wild Animal Safari and Little White House. Columbus Riverwalk and Hay House will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Atlanta: Fort Oglethorpe (Chickamauga Battlefield & Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park), National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center (in Columbus) and Museum of Aviation (in Warner Robins). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Booth Western Art Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Oakland Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Atlanta journey planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Atlanta. July in Atlanta sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to fly to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Atlanta

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary. On the next day, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and then trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Atlanta to Glenwood Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Atlanta to Glenwood Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Atlanta in July, with highs in Glenwood Springs at 68°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista vacation builder website.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Durango

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours, then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Durango takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. When traveling from Buena Vista in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Durango, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 21st (Wed), explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, explore the ancient world of Long House, and then don't miss a visit to Park Point.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park visit planner.

Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Rapid City.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Rapid City

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Mount Moriah Cemetery. Historic Old Town and D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Minuteman Missile National Historic Site (in Philip), Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap) and Badlands National Park (Loop Road & Badlands Wall). There's much more to do: examine the collection at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center, learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City travel app.

You can fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Rapid City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Rapid City, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to fly to Cody.

Things to do in Rapid City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Cody

— 2 nights

Preferred Gateway to Yellowstone

A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Buffalo Bill Center of the West, then see the interesting displays at Cody Firearms Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, admire the engineering at Buffalo Bill Dam, and then contemplate the long history of Old Trail Town.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Cody tour planner.

You can fly from Rapid City to Cody in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Cody, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uncle Tom's Trail and S Rim Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Hayden Valley and Castle Geyser. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washburn, look for all kinds of wild species at Firehole Canyon Drive, and cruise along Lamar Valley.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park planner.

You can drive from Cody to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Cody in July, expect Yellowstone National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Jackson Hole

— 4 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools and Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School. Get a sense of the local culture at Chapel of the Transfiguration and National Museum of Wildlife Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Grand Teton National Park (Grand Teton & Cathedral Group). There's much more to do: stroll through Oxbow Bend, make a trip to Town Square, and look for all kinds of wild species at Laurance Rockefeller Preserve.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Jackson Hole road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole takes 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August: highs in Jackson Hole hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.