7 days in United States Itinerary

7 days in United States Itinerary

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Rapid City
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Mesa Verde National Park
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Santa Fe
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Colorado Springs
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Denver
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Saint Louis
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Rapid City

Rapid City ©

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): shop like a local with Suzie Cappa Art Center and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel in the Hills. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City travel planner.

Midland to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. In July in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, delve into the distant past at Long House, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Mesa Verde National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rapid City in July since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Parks
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santa Fe trip planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Santa Fe by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Santa Fe are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, and then stroll around Garden of the Gods.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Colorado Springs by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation

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Denver

Denver ©

Mile-High City

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 15th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and then enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Saint Louis trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Denver to Saint Louis in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Denver in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Saint Louis, with lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Louis

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The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

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