9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Rapid City
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Helena
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Taxi + Bus:  2​h 15​min
4
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Hershey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

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night
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 27th (Fri), shop like a local with Suzie Cappa Art Center and then admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip planner .

Washington DC to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in September: high temperatures in Rapid City hover around 75°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Helena.

Things to do in Rapid City

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial
Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills

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Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 29th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, explore the activities along Hauser Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, and finally ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Helena online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Helena takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Rapid City in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 46°F in Helena. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Helena

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Hauser Lake ©
Hauser Lake
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Montana State Capitol ©
Montana State Capitol

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Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, CaƱon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): don't miss a visit to The Abbey Events Complex, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then cruise along Skyline Drive.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Canon City vacation builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Helena to Canon City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Helena in September: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 83°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
The Abbey Events Complex ©
The Abbey Events Complex

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Denver itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Canon City to Denver in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In September in Denver, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Hershey.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Tours Museums
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Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

2
nights
Hershey

Hershey ©
Home of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the town of Hershey is regularly referred to as the sweetest place on earth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hershey: Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, Gettysburg National Military Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Hersheypark, don't miss a visit to Harrisburg Holocaust Monument, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hershey Gardens.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Hershey vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Denver to Hershey in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Denver to Hershey due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 49°F in Hershey. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Hershey

Theme Parks Parks Tours

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Harrisburg Holocaust Monument
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Hersheypark ©
Hersheypark
Horseback Riding Tours

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