9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Great Falls
1
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Jackson Hole
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
4
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
7
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Drive:  12​h 30​min
End: Montgomery

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Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 2nd (Fri), steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, then take an in-depth tour of Ursuline Centre, then admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Great Falls journey website .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Great Falls. In August, daily temperatures in Great Falls can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

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First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
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Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Artists’ Paintpots, take in the dramatic natural features at Gibbon Falls, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin, and finally take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Yellowstone National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus, car, and shuttle. Traveling from Great Falls in August, things will get little chillier in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 70°F and lows about 38°F. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sun) before leaving for Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Artists’ Paintpots ©
Artists’ Paintpots
Midway Geyser Basin ©
Midway Geyser Basin
Gibbon Falls ©
Gibbon Falls

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Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole ©
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Antler Arches of Jackson, take a memorable drive along Moose Wilson Road, then make a trip to Oxbow Bend, and finally take in the views from Snake River Bridge.

To see reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Jackson Hole trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Jackson Hole: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors Scenic Drive Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
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Moose Wilson Road ©
Moose Wilson Road
Oxbow Bend ©
Oxbow Bend
Snake River Bridge ©
Snake River Bridge

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
You've now added Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls and then hike along Yampa River Core Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Jackson Hole to Steamboat Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in August, and nighttime lows around 46°F. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Tue) before leaving for Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
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Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

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Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Country Boy Mine as well as Independence Pass. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): grab your bike and head to Vail Recreation Path. On your second day here, cruise along Independence Pass and then deepen your understanding of the past and present with Country Boy Mine.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Vail trip maker .

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Vail by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in August: highs in Vail hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Country Boy Mine, Independence Pass
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Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Country Boy Mine ©
Country Boy Mine

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 8th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, and then explore the ancient world of Far View Sites.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park online travel planner .

You can drive from Vail to Mesa Verde National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Vail in August: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Pecos National Historical Park and then hike along Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Santa Fe takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

El Santuario de Chimayo, Pecos National Historical Park, Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument
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