9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Keystone
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
2
Rapid City
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Moab
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Sedona
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Fort Worth
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Houston
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

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Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial and then cruise along Iron Mountain Road.

Make your Keystone itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Minneapolis to Keystone is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Keystone. Traveling from Minneapolis in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 45°F in Keystone. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Keystone

Scenic Drive Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Iron Mountain Road
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 10th (Tue), take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Rapid City trip itinerary planning website .

Rapid City is very close to Keystone. Traveling from Keystone in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rapid City, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum

1
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Estes Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park route maker website .

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Estes Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Rapid City in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Estes Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Moab.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Photography Tours

1
night
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 12th (Thu), look and learn at RedRock Astronomy and then take in the awesome beauty at Arches National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Moab trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Estes Park to Moab in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Trails Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Zion National Park travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Moab to Zion National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Moab in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Zion National Park, with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Trails Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows

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Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): don't miss a visit to 911 Memorial, then delve into the mystery of Chapel of the Holy Cross, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sedona trip planner .

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Sedona takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Zion National Park in September, Sedona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Sedona

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock

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Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town and then have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Sedona to Albuquerque takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. September in Albuquerque sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fort Worth.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Fort Worth

Fort Worth ©
Advertising itself as the place where the American West begins, Fort Worth stubbornly clings to its cowboy roots, making it a distinctly different town from most other urban centers of its size.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, contemplate the long history of Top O'Hill Terrace, and then walk around Fort Worth Water Gardens.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Fort Worth trip planner.

Fly from Albuquerque to Fort Worth in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Albuquerque to Fort Worth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Albuquerque in September, things will get a bit warmer in Fort Worth: highs are around 92°F and lows about 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Houston.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Top O'Hill Terrace
Highlights from your plan
Top O'Hill Terrace ©
Top O'Hill Terrace
Fort Worth Water Gardens ©
Fort Worth Water Gardens

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night
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): test your team's savvy at Escape Hunt and then see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston.

You can plan Houston trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Fort Worth to Houston in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in September, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Escape Hunt ©
Escape Hunt
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston

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