9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route planner

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Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Jackson Hole
— 1 night
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Vail
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 1 night
Drive

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Great Falls

— 1 night
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. On the 2nd (Fri), contemplate the long history of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, then get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre, then immerse yourself in nature at Giant Springs State Park, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Great Falls road trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Great Falls. In August, daytime highs in Great Falls are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 1 night

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

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

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park road trip tool.

Drive from Great Falls to Yellowstone National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Great Falls in August: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 70°F and lows are around 38°F. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Jackson Hole

— 1 night
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.
On the 4th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Antler Arches of Jackson, take a memorable drive along Moose Wilson Road, then look for all kinds of wild species at Oxbow Bend, and finally snap pictures at Snake River Bridge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Jackson Hole online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole takes 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

Ski Town USA

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 trek along Yampa River Core Trail.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs sightseeing app.

Drive from Jackson Hole to Steamboat Springs in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. August in Steamboat Springs sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 46°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Vail

— 2 nights

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Independence Pass and then gain interesting insight with Country Boy Mine.

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Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Vail takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in August, you will find days in Vail are slightly colder (62°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, and then delve into the distant past at Far View Sites.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park tour planner.

You can drive from Vail to Mesa Verde National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Vail, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Santa Fe

— 1 night

City Different

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 find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Fe online trip builder.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Santa Fe in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Santa Fe, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 57°F at night. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.