26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dayton
Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Waterloo
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Walnut Grove
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Medora
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  9​h
6
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Deer Lodge
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Moose
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
10
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h
11
Kansas City
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
End: Dayton

1
night
Waterloo

Waterloo
Waterloo is a city in and the county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Waterloo trip planner .

Dayton to Waterloo is an approximately 8.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Waterloo can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. You will leave for Walnut Grove on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in Waterloo

Parks Nature Museums

1
night
Walnut Grove

Walnut Grove
Walnut Grove is a city in Redwood County, Minnesota, United States. To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Walnut Grove trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Waterloo to Walnut Grove takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June, daytime highs in Walnut Grove are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to De Smet.

Things to do in Walnut Grove

Museums Historic Sites Nature

1
night
De Smet

De Smet
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our De Smet visit planner .

You can drive from Walnut Grove to De Smet in 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in De Smet can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in De Smet

Nature Parks Historic Sites

4
nights
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.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from De Smet to Badlands National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from De Smet to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from De Smet, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Medora.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

2
nights
Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Medora trip maker app .

Getting from Badlands National Park to Medora by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in July: high temperatures in Medora hover around 85°F and lows are around 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sun) before leaving for Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Medora

Nature Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Little Missouri National Grassland ©
Badlands Overlook ©
Badlands Overlook

3
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Goat Lick Overlook, trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Glacier National Park itinerary planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Medora to Glacier National Park. Traveling from Medora in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Glacier National Park, with lows of 49°F. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Wed) before leaving for Deer Lodge.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail
Avalanche Lake ©
Avalanche Lake

4
nights
Deer Lodge

Deer Lodge
Deer Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Powell County, Montana, United States. To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Deer Lodge trip itinerary builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Glacier National Park to Deer Lodge. In July, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 47°F. On the 14th (Sun), you're off toYellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Deer Lodge

Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites Museums

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to S Rim Trail and Grand Loop Road. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, tour the pleasant surroundings at Artist Point, get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Firehole Canyon Drive.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Deer Lodge to Yellowstone National Park. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Deer Lodge in July; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 73°F and lows reach 39°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Wed) before leaving for Moose.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

2
nights
Moose

Moose ©
Moose is an unincorporated community in Teton County, Wyoming, United States, in the Jackson Hole valley. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Transfiguration, cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, explore and take pictures at Signal Mountain Summit Road, then take in the awesome beauty at Teton Point Turnout, and finally contemplate the long history of Mormon Row Historic District.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Moose trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Moose in 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July: highs in Moose hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 44°F. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Fri) before leaving for Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Moose

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Teton Point Turnout ©
Teton Point Turnout
Signal Mountain Summit Road ©
Signal Mountain Summit Road

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.
On the 19th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak, then hike along Emerald Lake Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park day trip planning website .

Explore your travel options from Moose to Rocky Mountain National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Moose in July, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 91°F and 59°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sun) before leaving for Kansas City.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

2
nights
Kansas City

Kansas City
The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kansas City trip website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Rocky Mountain National Park to Kansas City takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 72°F in Kansas City. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Kansas City

Parks Museums Nightlife

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