8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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Salt Lake City
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Grand Teton National Park
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Badlands National Park
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Rapid City
— 1 night
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La Crosse
— 1 day
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Columbus
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Salt Lake City

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.
To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Salt Lake City trip itinerary planning site.

San Jose to Salt Lake City is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Jose to Salt Lake City due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Jose in August; daily highs in Salt Lake City reach 92°F and lows reach 67°F. On the 24th (Mon), you'll travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Fun & Games

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Grand Teton National Park

Mountains of the Imagination

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
On the 24th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Elk Ranch Flats Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, hike along Hermitage Point, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Teton Point Turnout, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier View Turnout, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Group.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Teton National Park driving holiday planner.

Getting from Salt Lake City to Grand Teton National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Salt Lake City, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Grand Teton National Park, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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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.
To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park day trip app.

Fly from Grand Teton National Park to Badlands National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Teton National Park in August, with highs in Badlands National Park at 87°F and lows at 58°F. On the 26th (Wed), you'll travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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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.
On the 26th (Wed), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Black Hills Caverns, and then walk around Memorial Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City trip itinerary website.

Drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Rapid City are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to La Crosse.

Things to do in Rapid City

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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La Crosse

La Crosse is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Hixon House.

Discover how to plan a La Crosse trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Rapid City to La Crosse in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rapid City to La Crosse, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 63°F. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Columbus.

Things to do in La Crosse

Historic Sites
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Columbus

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
On the 29th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Scioto Audubon Metro Park, identify plant and animal life at Gahanna Woods State Nature Preserve, then trek along Olentangy Trail, and finally pause for some photo ops at Grounds of Remembrance. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): stroll through Heritage Trail Metro Park and then grab your bike and head to Homestead Metro Park.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Columbus trip planner.

Getting from La Crosse to Columbus by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from La Crosse to Columbus, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 64°F.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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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.