8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday maker

Make it your trip
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Rapid City
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Jackson Hole
— 1 night
Fly
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Indianapolis
— 1 night
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Rapid City

— 1 night

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): head outdoors with Main Street Square, then see the interesting displays at The Journey Museum and Learning Center, and then stroll around Canyon Lake Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at America's Founding Fathers Exhibit, see the interesting displays at National Presidential Wax Museum, and then examine the collection at Museum of Geology.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read our Rapid City trip itinerary website.

New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Rapid City. Traveling from New York City in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rapid City, with lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Elephant Back Mountain, identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road, and then take in the natural beauty of West Thumb Geyser Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, then get outside with Morning Glory Pool, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Yellowstone National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Rapid City in July, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are a bit cooler (73°F), and nights are cooler (39°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Jackson Hole

— 1 night
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 22nd (Thu): surround yourself with nature on Ana's Grand Excursions, then view the masterpieces at Made, then don't miss a visit to Wild By Nature Gallery, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The Brookover Gallery.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Jackson Hole tour planner.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, expect nights in Jackson Hole to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): view the masterpieces at Mountain Blown Glass, shop like a local with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then get engrossed in the history at Estes Park Museum, and finally go sightseeing with Estes Park Guided Tours. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum and then view the masterpieces at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Estes Park day trip planning site.

Getting from Jackson Hole to Estes Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Jackson Hole in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Estes Park: highs are around 91°F and lows about 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Estes Park

Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Tours

Indianapolis

— 1 night

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
On the 25th (Sun), get your bearings at Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, examine the collection at Rhythm! Discovery Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Indianapolis Cultural Trail, and finally don't miss a visit to USS Indianapolis Memorial.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Indianapolis tour planner.

Fly from Estes Park to Indianapolis in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Estes Park to Indianapolis due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Estes Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in Indianapolis, with highs around 83°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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.

Indiana travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.