43 days in United States Itinerary

43 days in United States Itinerary

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43 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Knoxville
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Jackson Hole
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Cody
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Garryowen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Buffalo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Spearfish
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Badlands National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Crawford
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Gering
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Cheyenne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Denver
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
14
Colorado Springs
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Knoxville

3
nights
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.
Chapel of the Transfiguration has been added to your itinerary. Visiting Oxbow Bend and Teton Raptor Center will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Menor's Ferry Historical Trail and Four Seasons Resort. Take a break from Jackson Hole with a short trip to Chapel of the Sacred Heart in Moose, about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: cruise along Moose Wilson Road, head outdoors with Bridger Gondola, don't miss a visit to Antler Arches of Jackson, and go for a walk through Cunningham Cabin.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Jackson Hole trip builder website .

Knoxville to Jackson Hole is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Knoxville to Jackson Hole is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Knoxville in August: highs in Jackson Hole hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 43°F. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
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Chapel of the Transfiguration ©
Chapel of the Transfiguration
Teton Raptor Center ©
Teton Raptor Center
Oxbow Bend ©
Oxbow Bend

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at West Thumb Geyser Basin and Tower Fall. Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Gibbon Falls will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Yellowstone National Park (Lehardy's Rapids & Artists’ Paintpots). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Yellowstone Historic Center, get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos.

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You can drive from Jackson Hole to West Yellowstone in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Jackson Hole in August, plan for slightly colder nights in West Yellowstone, with lows around 37°F. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cody.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Fishing Charters & Tours
Gibbon Falls ©
Gibbon Falls

3
nights
Cody

Cody ©
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.
You've now added Buffalo Bill State Park to your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Draper Natural History Museum and Whitney Western Art Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chief Joseph Hwy and Dead Indian Summit Overlook. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at The Buffalo Bill Reservoir, explore the galleries of Historic Cody Mural and Museum, do a tasting at Buffalo Jump Winery, LLC, and don't miss a visit to Pahaska Tepee.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cody journey builder site .

Drive from West Yellowstone to Cody in 3.5 hours. Traveling from West Yellowstone in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cody, with lows of 55°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Garryowen.

Things to do in Cody

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Chief Joseph Hwy
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Draper Natural History Museum ©
Draper Natural History Museum
The Buffalo Bill Reservoir ©
The Buffalo Bill Reservoir
Buffalo Bill State Park ©
Buffalo Bill State Park

2
nights
Garryowen

Garryowen ©
Garryowen is a private town in Big Horn County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in the history at Custer Battlefield Trading Company.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Garryowen driving holiday planner .

Getting from Cody to Garryowen by car takes about 3 hours. While traveling from Cody, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Garryowen, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Buffalo.

Things to do in Garryowen

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Crow Agency, Rosebud Battlefield State Park
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Custer Battlefield Trading Company ©
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum
Rosebud Battlefield State Park ©
Rosebud Battlefield State Park

2
nights
Buffalo

Buffalo ©
Buffalo is a city in Johnson County, Wyoming, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): have some family-friendly fun at Creekside Clubhouse & Greens, explore the stunning scenery at Bighorn Mountains, and then take in breathtaking views at Crazy Woman Canyon. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Dry Creek Petrified Forest and then head outdoors with Lake DeSmet.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Buffalo tour itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Garryowen to Buffalo in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Spearfish.

Things to do in Buffalo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Wyoming
Highlights from your plan
Bighorn Mountains ©
Bighorn Mountains

4
nights
Spearfish

Spearfish ©
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Get some cultural insight at Rogue's Gallery and Belle Joli. You'll explore and learn at Hulett Museum and Old Fort Meade Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Spearfish: Roughlock Falls Nature Area (in Savoy) and Wind Circles (in Devils Tower). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, head outdoors with Devil Bathtub South Dakota, admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Black Hill National Cemetery.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Spearfish trip builder website .

You can drive from Buffalo to Spearfish in 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Spearfish can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Spearfish

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Sturgis, Hulett, Savoy, Wind Circles, PaleoAdventures
Highlights from your plan
Rogue's Gallery ©
Rogue's Gallery
Old Fort Meade Museum ©
Old Fort Meade Museum

4
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Museum of Geology and Ellsworth Air Force Base will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Black Elk Peak and Black Hills Caverns will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Custer (Sunday Gulch Trail & Little Devil's Tower Trail) and Horse Thief Lake (in Keystone). The adventure continues: examine the collection at America's Founding Fathers Exhibit, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lost Cabin Beer Co., take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel in the Hills, and do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rapid City online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Spearfish to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Spearfish to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. September in Rapid City sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Ellsworth Air Force Base, Black Elk Peak
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Geology ©
Museum of Geology
Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills
Black Elk Peak ©
Black Elk Peak

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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.
South Dakota's Original 1880 Town and Prairie Homestead will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Roberts Prairie Dog Town and Saddle Pass Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Badlands National Park: Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge (in Martin) and Badlands Petrified Gardens (in Kadoka). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Yellow Mounds Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, take an in-depth tour of Wounded Knee: The Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Sage Creek Wilderness Area.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park trip planner.

Getting from Rapid City to Badlands National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Rapid City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Crawford.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wall, Prairie Homestead, Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge, Badlands Petrified Gardens, South Dakota's Original 1880 Town
Highlights from your plan
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

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Crawford

Crawford ©
Crawford is a city in Dawes County, in the northwestern part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. You've now added Fort Robinson State Park to your itinerary. On the 16th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Fort Robinson History Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Trailside Museum of Natural History, and then admire the majestic nature at Fort Robinson State Park. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see a world frozen in time at Ardmore and then explore the striking landscape at Toadstool Campground.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Crawford day trip planning site .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Crawford in 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Crawford can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gering.

Things to do in Crawford

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Toadstool Campground, Ardmore, Fort Robinson History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fort Robinson State Park ©
Fort Robinson State Park
Fort Robinson History Museum ©
Fort Robinson History Museum
Ardmore ©
Ardmore

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Gering

Gering ©
Gering is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): go for a walk through Monument Valley Pathway, get engrossed in the history at Legacy of the Plains Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area and Nature Center.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gering day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Crawford to Gering takes 1.5 hours. September in Gering sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cheyenne.

Things to do in Gering

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Monument Valley Pathway
Highlights from your plan
Legacy of the Plains Museum ©
Legacy of the Plains Museum

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nights
Cheyenne

Cheyenne ©
Cheyenne is the capital and most populous city of the US state of Wyoming and the county seat of Laramie County. Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum and Nelson Museum of the West will appeal to museum buffs. Historic Governors' Mansion and Ivinson Mansion are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Cheyenne Big Boots, get engrossed in the history at Warren Icbm and Heritage Museum, examine the collection at Cowgirls of the West Museum, and deepen your knowledge of military history at Warren Air Force Base.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cheyenne trip planner .

Drive from Gering to Cheyenne in 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Gering in September: highs in Cheyenne hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Cheyenne

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Ivinson Mansion, Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum
Highlights from your plan
Nelson Museum of the West ©
Nelson Museum of the West
Historic Governors' Mansion ©
Historic Governors' Mansion
Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum ©

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Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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.
On the 22nd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally do a tasting at Snowy Peaks Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Sheep Lakes, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, have some family-friendly fun at Tiny Town Miniature Golf, then view the masterpieces at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, and finally examine the collection at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum.

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Traveling by car from Cheyenne to Estes Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. When traveling from Cheyenne in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Estes Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Museums Wineries Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Snowy Peaks Winery ©
Snowy Peaks Winery

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Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Littleton Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Historic Park, then examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, and finally test your team's savvy at EscapeWorks Denver.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Denver tour itinerary planning site .

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Denver, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Littleton Museum
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National Ballpark Museum ©
National Ballpark Museum
Littleton Museum ©
Littleton Museum
Four Mile Historic Park ©
Four Mile Historic Park

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Bishop Castle and Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. Let the collections at Museum of Colorado Prisons and Penrose Heritage Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum (in Pueblo), Canon City (Tunnel Drive & The Abbey Events Complex) and Mueller State Park (in Divide). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Outlaw and Lawmen Jail Museum, explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, take in a show at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, and engage your brain at Peterson Air & Space Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online route planner .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Canon City, Manitou Springs, Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum, Outlaw and Lawmen Jail Museum, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons
Bishop Castle ©
Bishop Castle
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum ©
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum

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