26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Paris
Fly:  15​h 45​min
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Hot Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Cody
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
Paris

2
days
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 8th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Downtown Aquarium, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then browse the collection at Denver Central Library, and finally make a trip to 16th Street Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall and then cool off at Water World.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip planner .

Paris, France to Denver is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Paris to Denver due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in August: highs in Denver hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Denver

#Theme Parks, #Shopping, #Historic Sites

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Water World, Pearl Street Mall
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Water World ©
Water World
Downtown Aquarium ©
Downtown Aquarium
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

1
day
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Cascade Falls and Swimming Hole, then explore the striking landscape at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, and then examine the collection at Pioneer Museum.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Denver to Hot Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Denver in August, expect Hot Springs to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Custer.

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#Nature, #Parks, #Museums
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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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Pioneer Museum

2
days
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 (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave National Monument and then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, then don't miss a visit to Brule, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Custer travel route planner.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Custer in an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Wall.

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#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

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Brule
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Jewel Cave National Monument ©
Jewel Cave National Monument
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

1
day
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. On the 13th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Prairie Homestead, explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug Store.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Wall trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Custer to Wall takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Custer in August; daily highs in Wall reach 37°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Wall

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Nature

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Philip
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Prairie Homestead Historic Site ©
Prairie Homestead Historic Site
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

2
days
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.
On the 14th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town and then stroll through Notch Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): trek along Castle Trail, then take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park online road trip planner .

Badlands National Park is just a stone's throw from Wall. The time zone difference when traveling from Wall to Badlands National Park is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

1
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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens and then get in on the family fun at Storybook Island.

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You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cody.

Things to do in Rapid City

#Theme Parks, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Storybook Island ©
Storybook Island
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

1
day
Cody

Cody ©
A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Buffalo Bill Center of the West and then see the interesting displays at Cody Firearms Research.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cody tour itinerary planning website .

Fly from Rapid City to Cody in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Rapid City in August, you will find days in Cody are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

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#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Buffalo Bill Center of the West ©
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Buffalo Bill Dam ©
Buffalo Bill Dam
Old Trail Town ©
Old Trail Town

5
days
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.
Attractions like Lamar Valley and Firehole Canyon Drive make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake, enjoy breathtaking views from Observation Point Trail, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cody to Yellowstone National Park takes 2.5 hours. In August, Yellowstone National Park is slightly colder than Cody - with highs of 25°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road

3
days
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.
Attractions like Grand Teton and Oxbow Bend make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, trek along Jenny Lake Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Jenny Lake, and take a memorable drive along Signal Mountain Summit Road.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

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Moran
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Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Oxbow Bend ©
Oxbow Bend

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Utah, then don't miss a visit to Temple Square, and then get a sense of history and politics at Utah State Capitol. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Lagoon Amusement Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Salt Lake City trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Teton National Park to Salt Lake City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Salt Lake City are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Denver.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

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Lagoon Amusement Park
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Lagoon Amusement Park ©
Lagoon Amusement Park
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Utah State Capitol ©
Utah State Capitol

2
days
Denver

Denver ©
On the 29th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, and then admire the landmark architecture of Downtown Aquarium. Keep things going the next day: savor the flavors at Food & Drink and then get in on the family fun at Carousel of Happiness.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Denver route maker app .

Getting from Salt Lake City to Denver by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Salt Lake City in August: high temperatures in Denver hover around 35°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

#Parks, #Breweries, #Tours

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Carousel of Happiness, Beer Tastings & Tours, Pearl Street Mall
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Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness
Downtown Aquarium ©
Downtown Aquarium
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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