14 days in Western US, Deadwood & Keystone Itinerary

14 days in Western US, Deadwood & Keystone Itinerary

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14 days in Western US, Deadwood & Keystone Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
2
Lake Powell
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  9​h 45​min
4
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Keystone
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Monument Valley

Monument Valley ©
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. On the 12th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Monument Valley trip planning site .

Washington DC to Monument Valley is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Monument Valley, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in July, Monument Valley is little chillier at night with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Lake Powell.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Lake Powell

Lake Powell
Lake Powell serves as the playground for the town of Page, drawing nearly three million visitors annually.
On the 13th (Mon), take in breathtaking views at Ticaboo Canyon and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainbow Bridge Trail.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lake Powell journey planner .

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Lake Powell takes 6 hours. In July, Lake Powell is a bit warmer than Monument Valley - with highs of 98°F and lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Lake Powell

Parks Nature Trails
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3
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 14th (Tue), trek along Bright Angel Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, hike along South Kaibab Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park travel route planner .

Drive from Lake Powell to Grand Canyon National Park in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Lake Powell in July, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be cooler, around 52°F, while days are slightly colder, around 84°F. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

2
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.
On the 17th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Menor's Ferry Historical Trail, then cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Teton. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Jenny Lake Trail, delve into the lush surroundings at Bridger Teton National Forest, and then admire all the interesting features of Signal Mountain Summit Road.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Grand Teton National Park road trip site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, expect Grand Teton National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 79°F and 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Bridger Teton National Forest
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Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Jenny Lake Trail ©
Jenny Lake Trail
Signal Mountain Summit Road ©
Signal Mountain Summit Road

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, admire the sheer force of Gibbon Falls, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Lehardy's Rapids and then identify plant and animal life at Hayden Valley.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park online route planner .

Getting from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in July: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 73°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Deadwood.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley

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night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 21st (Tue), explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, then take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Broken Boot Gold Mine, and then get engrossed in the history at Adams House.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Deadwood trip planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Deadwood in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, things will get a bit warmer in Deadwood: highs are around 83°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Spearfish
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Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Broken Boot Gold Mine ©
Broken Boot Gold Mine

2
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and finally trek along Presidential Trail.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Keystone trip planner .

Drive from Deadwood to Keystone in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Keystone when traveling from Deadwood in July, with lows around 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Custer
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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