9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Rapid City
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Keystone
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Crazy Horse
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Custer
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Devils Tower
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
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Badlands National Park — 1 night

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.
You've now added Big Badlands Overlook to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park road trip planning tool.

Chicago to Badlands National Park is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in July, you will find days in Badlands National Park are a bit warmer (91°F), and nights are little chillier (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Rapid City.
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Rapid City

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Bear Country USA has been added to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rapid City tour planning website.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Rapid City by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Badlands National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Rapid City, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Keystone.
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Keystone

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Keystone trip itinerary planning website.

Keystone is just a stone's throw from Rapid City. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rapid City in July; daily highs in Keystone reach 80°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Crazy Horse.
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Crazy Horse

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Crazy Horse travel planning app.

Traveling by car from Keystone to Crazy Horse takes an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Crazy Horse can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. You will leave for Custer on the 23rd (Sat).
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Custer

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Custer trip itinerary app.

Custer is just a short distance from Crazy Horse. In July, daily temperatures in Custer can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. On the 23rd (Sat), you're off to Devils Tower.
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Devils Tower — 1 night

A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Devils Tower trip tool.

Getting from Custer to Devils Tower by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Devils Tower can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. You will leave for Yellowstone National Park on the 24th (Sun).
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Yellowstone National Park — 5 nights

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Step out of Yellowstone National Park to go to Grand Teton National Park and see Grand Teton, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, look for all kinds of wild species at Hayden Valley, take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washburn.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Devils Tower to Yellowstone National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Devils Tower in July, expect Yellowstone National Park to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
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.
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