26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Austin
Drive:  10​h
1
Canyon
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Navajo Dam
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
West Yellowstone
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Jackson Hole
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
9
Keystone
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
10
Custer
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
Valentine
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Halsey
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
14
Tulsa
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: Austin


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1
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Canyon

Canyon ©
Canyon is a city in, and the county seat of, Randall County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Lighthouse Trail, ride a horse along Old West Stables, then head outdoors with Cow Girls and Cowboys in the West, and finally make a trip to Tex Randall, Big Texan.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Canyon trip planner.

Austin to Canyon is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin in September, expect Canyon to be slightly colder, temps between 84°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Navajo Dam.

Things to do in Canyon

Museums Tours Parks
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Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum ©
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Old West Stables ©
Old West Stables

2
nights
Navajo Dam

Navajo Dam ©
On the 25th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Salmon Ruins, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Three Rivers Brewery, then grab your bike and head to Berg/Animas Trail, and finally learn about winemaking at Wines of the San Juan. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Navajo Lake State Park (Pine) and then take a memorable drive along Lobo Overlook / Radio Tower.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Navajo Dam trip maker website .

Explore your travel options from Canyon to Navajo Dam with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In September, Navajo Dam is slightly colder than Canyon - with highs of 77°F and lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Navajo Dam

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Farmington, Lobo Overlook / Radio Tower, Wines of the San Juan
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Navajo Lake State Park (Pine) ©
Navajo Lake State Park (Pine)
Salmon Ruins ©
Salmon Ruins
Wines of the San Juan ©
Wines of the San Juan

1
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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 27th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House and then admire all the interesting features of Ruins Road.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Navajo Dam to Mesa Verde National Park takes 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature
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Square Tower House ©
Square Tower House

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Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
On the 28th (Sat), browse the collection at FamilySearch Center, then walk around Ensign Peak Park, and then hike along City Creek Canyon.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Salt Lake City day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Salt Lake City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Salt Lake City, with lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Ensign Peak Park ©
Ensign Peak Park
FamilySearch Center ©
FamilySearch Center

6
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West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Beehive Basin Trail and Pine Creek Trail. Get outdoors at Lava Lake Trail and Grotto Falls Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from West Yellowstone: Ennis (Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures & Willies Distillery), Fishing Charters & Tours (in Livingston) and The Soldiers Chapel (in Big Sky). The adventure continues: get outside with Madison River Outfitters, contemplate the waterfront views at Hebgen Lake, get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, and look for gifts at Send it Home.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone road trip planning website .

You can drive from Salt Lake City to West Yellowstone in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and car. When traveling from Salt Lake City in September, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in West Yellowstone: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Ennis, Livingston, Big Sky, Grotto Falls Trail, Lava Lake Trail
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Madison River Outfitters ©
Madison River Outfitters
Grotto Falls Trail ©
Grotto Falls Trail

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Biscuit Basin, take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, and then ponder the design of Fountain Paint Pot.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park route builder website .

Drive from West Yellowstone to Yellowstone National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Biscuit Basin ©
Biscuit Basin
Midway Geyser Basin ©
Midway Geyser Basin

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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
On the 6th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at String Lake, then take in breathtaking views at Cascade Canyon, and then trek along Menor's Ferry Historical Trail.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Teton National Park day trip site .

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, you will find days in Grand Teton National Park are a bit warmer (55°F), and nights are about the same (28°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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String Lake ©
String Lake
Cascade Canyon ©
Cascade Canyon

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Teton Raptor Center and Wild Things of Wyoming. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Teton Pass and Cunningham Cabin. Step out of Jackson Hole to go to Pinedale and see Skyline Scenic Drive, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: get outside with Bridger Gondola, take in the exciting artwork at Thal Glass Studio, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Cache Creek/Game Creek Loop.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Jackson Hole journey builder .

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October: highs in Jackson Hole hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Skyline Scenic Drive
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Teton Pass ©
Teton Pass
Teton Raptor Center ©
Teton Raptor Center
Cunningham Cabin ©
Cunningham Cabin

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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.
To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Keystone trip planner .

You can fly from Jackson Hole to Keystone in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Jackson Hole in October since evenings lows in Keystone dip to 34°F. You'll set off for Custer on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Keystone

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Hills and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harney Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Sunday Gulch Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Legion Lake, and then hike along Little Devil's Tower Trail.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Custer trip planner .

Getting from Keystone to Custer by car takes about an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Custer can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

South Dakota
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Black Hills ©
Black Hills
Harney Peak ©
Harney Peak
Legion Lake ©
Legion Lake

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): trek along Castle Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saddle Pass Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at White River Valley Overlook.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Custer to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Custer in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Valentine.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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White River Valley Overlook ©
White River Valley Overlook

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Valentine

Valentine
Valentine is a city in Cherry County, Nebraska, United States. You've now added Smith Falls State Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): snap pictures at Bryan Bridge, then admire the sheer force of Snake River Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Valentine National Wildlife Refuge, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Smith Falls State Park.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Valentine visit website .

Getting from Grand Teton National Park to Valentine by car takes about 11.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Grand Teton National Park to Valentine. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in October: high temperatures in Valentine hover around 66°F and lows are around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Valentine

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Halsey

Halsey
Halsey is a village in Blaine and Thomas counties in the State of Nebraska. You've now added Nebraska National Forest to your itinerary.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Halsey trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Valentine to Halsey takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Halsey are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. On the 21st (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Halsey

Nature Parks
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Tulsa

Tulsa ©
Sometimes known as the "Buckle of the Bible Belt," Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): head outdoors with Guthrie Green, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Boston Avenue Methodist Church, and then grab your bike and head to Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tulsa online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Halsey to Tulsa in 9 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Halsey in October, things will get a bit warmer in Tulsa: highs are around 76°F and lows about 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tulsa

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area ©
Guthrie Green ©
Guthrie Green
Boston Avenue Methodist Church ©
Boston Avenue Methodist Church

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