8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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Fly to Laramie, Drive to Rocky Mountain National Park
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive to Laramie, Fly to Jackson
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Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
Fly
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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Fly

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Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): trek along Emerald Lake Trail and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then take in the awesome beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally identify plant and animal life at Sheep Lakes.

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Little Rock to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Little Rock to Rocky Mountain National Park is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Little Rock in May: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 70°F and lows are around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Jackson Hole

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Thal Glass Studio, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Wildlife Art, make a trip to Antler Arches of Jackson, then don't miss a visit to Town Square, then get a dose of the wild on Ana's Grand Excursions, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Hines Goldsmiths. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Jackson Hole travel route builder tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Rocky Mountain National Park to Jackson Hole takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in May, expect Jackson Hole to be little chillier, temps between 60°F and 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Salt Lake City

— 2 nights

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Art at the Main Gallery, get a sense of history and politics at Utah State Capitol, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Tabernacle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Assembly Hall. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Madeleine, explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon, and then explore the galleries of Wheeler Historic Farm.

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You can fly from Jackson Hole to Salt Lake City in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Jackson Hole in May, expect Salt Lake City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 72°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
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 23rd (Sun): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip tool.

Getting from Salt Lake City to Mesa Verde National Park by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Salt Lake City in May, with lows around 38°F. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

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.