33 days in United States Itinerary

33 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner
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Glacier National Park
— 7 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 15 nights
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 6 nights
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Glacier National Park — 7 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Avalanche Lake and Iceberg Lake Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Going-to-the-Sun Road and Highline Trail. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along McDonald Creek, trek along Siyeh Pass, stroll through Cracker Lake Hike, and take in the dramatic scenery at Baring Falls.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Glacier National Park road trip planning tool.

Little Rock to Glacier National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Little Rock to Glacier National Park. While traveling from Little Rock, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Glacier National Park, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Yellowstone National Park.
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Yellowstone National Park — 15 nights

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Get outdoors at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grand Prismatic Spring. Discover out-of-the-way places like West Thumb Geyser Basin and Mud Volcano. There's much more to do: hike along Fairy Falls, admire the sheer force of Mystic Falls Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, and contemplate the geological forces at Monument Geyser Basin.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip maker app.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Glacier National Park in September, expect Yellowstone National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 60°F and 33°F. You will leave for Aspen on the 10th (Tue).
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Aspen — 2 nights

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 11th (Wed), trek along Lost Man Trail, explore the landscape on two wheels at Castle Creek Road, and then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, then hike along Grottos Trail, and then hike along Rio Grande Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Aspen in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, you will find days in Aspen are a bit warmer (60°F), and nights are about the same (30°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Estes Park.
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Estes Park — 2 nights

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): make a short side trip with Estes Park Guided Tours, then stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Estes Park journey builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Estes Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in October; daily highs in Estes Park reach 69°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Rocky Mountain National Park — 6 nights

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Visiting Emerald Lake Trail and Sheep Lakes will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Many Parks Curve Overlook and Hallett Peak. Step out of Rocky Mountain National Park to go to Ward and see Brainard Lake Recreation Area, which is approximately 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Mt Ida Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lily Lake Trailhead, fly down the slopes at Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill, and admire the sheer force of Calypso Cascades.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park day trip site.

Rocky Mountain National Park is just a stone's throw from Estes Park. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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United States travel guide

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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.
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