9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Hot Springs
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Oklahoma City
— 1 night
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Amarillo
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
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Cheyenne
— 1 night
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Custer
— 1 night
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Crazy Horse
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Deadwood
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Rapid City
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Palo Alto
— 1 night
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Omaha
— 1 night
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Saint Louis
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Birmingham

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Hot Springs

Valley of the Vapors

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ouachita.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hot Springs online travel planner.

Birmingham to Hot Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Hot Springs can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature

Oklahoma City

— 1 night

The Big Friendly

Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Oklahoma City tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hot Springs to Oklahoma City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Oklahoma City can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. On the 2nd (Fri), you're off to Amarillo.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums · Fun & Games · Parks · Nightlife

Amarillo

Yellow Rose of Texas

Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
On the 2nd (Fri), wander the wide-open spaces of Cowgirls and Cowboys in the West.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Amarillo trip builder tool.

You can drive from Oklahoma City to Amarillo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Oklahoma City in July since evenings lows in Amarillo dip to 66°F. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs

— 1 night
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): make a trip to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then take an in-depth tour of U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum.

Planning Colorado Springs trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Fly from Amarillo to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Amarillo in July; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 86°F and lows reach 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, trek along Tundra Communities Trail, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cheyenne.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Cheyenne

— 1 night
Cheyenne is the capital and most populous city of the US state of Wyoming and the county seat of Laramie County. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Cheyenne Big Boots and then head outdoors with Lincoln Highway.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cheyenne tour planner.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Cheyenne by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, expect nights in Cheyenne to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 84°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Custer.

Things to do in Cheyenne

Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Custer

— 1 night
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Take the guesswork out of planning a Custer vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Cheyenne to Custer in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Custer sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Crazy Horse.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Crazy Horse

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Crazy Horse is just a short distance from Custer. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 53°F. On the 6th (Tue), you'll travel to Deadwood.

Things to do in Crazy Horse

Parks · Nature · Museums

Deadwood

Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Deadwood trip planner.

You can drive from Crazy Horse to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Crazy Horse to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 58°F. On the 6th (Tue), you'll travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Deadwood

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

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.
To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City online route maker.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Rapid City. In July, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. On the 6th (Tue), you're off to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

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.
On the 7th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook and then explore and take pictures at Loop Road.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park day trip planner.

Getting from Rapid City to Badlands National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rapid City in July: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 60°F. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Palo Alto.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Palo Alto

— 1 night
Palo Alto is a charter city located in the northwest corner of Santa Clara County, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area of the United States.Palo Alto was established by Leland Stanford Sr. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the architecture and design of Stanford University.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Palo Alto road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Badlands National Park to Palo Alto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, train, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Badlands National Park in July, expect nights in Palo Alto to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are slightly colder, around 77°F. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Omaha.
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Omaha

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Omaha trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Palo Alto to Omaha takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Palo Alto to Omaha, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Palo Alto in July, expect Omaha to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 67°F. You'll set off for Saint Louis on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping

Saint Louis

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): examine the collection at City Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Saint Louis online route builder.

Getting from Omaha to Saint Louis by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Birmingham.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Birmingham

Magic City

Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Birmingham trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Saint Louis to Birmingham by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Birmingham, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 72°F at night. On the 9th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Birmingham

Parks · Museums · Nightlife · Shopping

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.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.

Missouri travel guide

4.6
Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.