12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Garretson
— 1 night
2
Mitchell
— Few hours
3
Chamberlain
— 1 night
4
Wall
— Few hours
5
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
6
Sturgis
— Few hours
7
Deadwood
— 2 nights
8
Lead
— Few hours
9
Custer
— 2 nights
10
Wind Cave National Park
— 1 night
11
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
12
Arches National Park
— 1 night
13
Zion National Park
— 1 night
14
Phoenix
— Few hours

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Garretson

Garretson ©
Garretson is a city in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, United States. Palisades State Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 21st (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Devil's Gulch and then immerse yourself in nature at Palisades State Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Garretson day trip planner.

Madison to Garretson is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mitchell.

Things to do in Garretson

Parks Nature
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Palisades State Park ©
Palisades State Park
Devil's Gulch ©
Devil's Gulch

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Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village as well as Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop. On the 22nd (Sun), look for gifts at Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop and then contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mitchell trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Garretson to Mitchell takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Mitchell are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites Shopping
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Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village

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Chamberlain

Chamberlain
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. You've now added Lewis And Clark Interpretive & Keelboat Center to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get all the information you need at Lewis And Clark Interpretive & Keelboat Center.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Chamberlain road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mitchell to Chamberlain takes 1.5 hours. September in Chamberlain sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Wall.
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Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. National Grasslands Visitor Center has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get answers to all your questions at National Grasslands Visitor Center and then trek along Saddle Pass Trail.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Wall online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Chamberlain to Wall by car takes about 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Chamberlain in September, Wall is little chillier at night with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Saddle Pass Trail
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National Grasslands Visitor Center ©
National Grasslands Visitor Center

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Loop Road. On the 23rd (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook and then explore the striking landscape of Conata Basin Overlook.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary tool.

Badlands National Park is just a short distance from Wall. In September in Badlands National Park, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Sturgis.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Panorama Point Overlook
Panorama Point Overlook
Conata Basin Overlook ©
Conata Basin Overlook

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Sturgis

Sturgis ©
Sturgis is a city in Meade County, South Dakota, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Old Fort Meade Museum. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Old Fort Meade Museum and then learn about winemaking at Belle Joli Winery Sparkling House.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sturgis trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Sturgis in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Badlands National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Sturgis, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Sturgis

Museums Wineries
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Old Fort Meade Museum ©
Old Fort Meade Museum
Belle Joli Winery Sparkling House ©
Belle Joli Winery Sparkling House

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Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Your list of things to see and do now includes Deadwood Trailhead George S. Mickelson Trail, Mt Roosevelt Monument, Deadwood Alive, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): stroll through Deadwood Trailhead George S. Mickelson Trail, thenpause for some photo ops at Mt Roosevelt Monument, thenstop by Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates, and finally get engrossed in the history at Days of '76 Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: add some entertainment to your itinerary with Deadwood Alive and then take an in-depth tour of Adams House.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Deadwood trip planner.

Deadwood is just a stone's throw from Sturgis. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Lead.

Things to do in Deadwood

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Deadwood Trailhead George S. Mickelson Trail ©
Adams House ©
Adams House
Days of '76 Museum ©
Days of '76 Museum

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Lead

Lead ©
Lead is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. You've now added Roughlock Falls State Nature Area to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area and then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lead journey builder site.

Lead is just a short distance from Deadwood. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Lead

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bridal Veil Falls
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Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes National Museum of Woodcarving, Black Hills Playhouse, Grand Magic Show, and other attractions. On your second day here, hike along Hell Canyon Trail, thenadd some entertainment to your itinerary with Grand Magic Show, thencatch a live performance at Black Hills Playhouse, and finally examine the collection at National Museum of Woodcarving.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Custer route planner.

Traveling by car from Lead to Custer takes 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lead to Custer. In September, daytime highs in Custer are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Wind Cave National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Nightlife Parks Trails
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Black Hills Playhouse ©
Black Hills Playhouse
Hell Canyon Trail ©
Hell Canyon Trail
National Museum of Woodcarving ©
National Museum of Woodcarving

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Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park presents one of the United States' few remaining intact prairies.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wind Cave National Park as well as Rankin Ridge Nature Trail. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Four Mile Old West Town, thenstroll through Rankin Ridge Nature Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wind Cave National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Wind Cave National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Custer to Wind Cave National Park takes an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Wind Cave National Park

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Four Mile Old West Town
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Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Four Mile Old West Town ©
Four Mile Old West Town

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rotary Park Boardwalk as well as Strawberry Park Hot Springs. On the 29th (Sun), take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs and then take a leisurely stroll along Rotary Park Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs online trip builder.

You can drive from Wind Cave National Park to Steamboat Springs in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Wind Cave National Park in September, expect little chillier with lows of °F in Steamboat Springs. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature
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Rotary Park Boardwalk ©
Rotary Park Boardwalk

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
On the 1st (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch and then explore the striking landscape at Tower of Babel.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Arches National Park trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Arches National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in September: high temperatures in Arches National Park hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature
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Tower of Babel ©
Tower of Babel
Turret Arch ©
Turret Arch

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Zion National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Zion National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Arches National Park in October since evenings lows in Zion National Park dip to °F. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town)
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Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town) ©
Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town)

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Phoenix

Phoenix
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Phoenix holiday maker app.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Zion National Park to Phoenix in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zion National Park in October: highs in Phoenix hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors Parks Tours
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