26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly + taxi:  8​h 45​min
1
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Custer
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
4
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
West Yellowstone
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Durham

1
night
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 10th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Badlands National Park holiday app .

Durham to Badlands National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Badlands National Park is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Durham in July since evenings lows in Badlands National Park dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Mt Roosevelt Monument, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, admire all the interesting features of Broken Boot Gold Mine, then contemplate the long history of Adams House, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, and finally view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, then explore and take pictures at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Deadwood route builder .

Drive from Badlands National Park to Deadwood in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Badlands National Park in July, you will find days in Deadwood are little chillier (83°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
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Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams House ©
Adams House

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Step out of the city life by going to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Needles Eye Tunnel. Change things up with these side-trips from Custer: Insideout (in Hill City) and Keystone (Big Thunder Gold Mine & Presidential Trail). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, cruise along Iron Mountain Road, get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area, and contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Custer trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Deadwood to Custer by car takes about 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Custer. Traveling from Deadwood in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Custer, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Insideout
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

3
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Get outdoors at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Virginia Falls. The adventure continues: hike along Grinnell Glacier, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Iceberg Lake Trail.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park road trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Custer to Glacier National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

1
day
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then get to know the fascinating history of Yellowstone Historic Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Glacier National Park to West Yellowstone in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Glacier National Park in July; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach 77°F and lows reach 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center

5
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Grand Loop Road and Upper Geyser Basin. Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Gibbon Falls, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Yellowstone National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Yellowstone National Park sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

3
nights
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.
Visiting Grand Teton and Jenny Lake Trail will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chapel of the Transfiguration and Mormon Row Historic District. There's still lots to do: trek along Cascade Canyon Trail, take some stellar pictures from Snake River Overlook, admire all the interesting features of 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, and cruise along Signal Mountain Summit Road.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Teton National Park road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 3 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Grand Teton National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Jenny Lake Trail ©
Jenny Lake Trail
Signal Mountain Summit Road ©
Signal Mountain Summit Road

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 30th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Independence Pass and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Aspen driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Grand Teton National Park to Aspen in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. In July in Aspen, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then walk around Buena Vista River Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista travel planning website .

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Outdoors Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 2nd (Fri), stroll around Garden of the Gods, explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and then stroll around North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Pikes Peak and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs travel route app .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in August, with highs in Colorado Springs at 83°F and lows at 56°F. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©

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