15 days in United States Itinerary

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Denver
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
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Rapid City
— 1 night
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
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Rushford
— 1 day
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Denver — 2 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Kids will enjoy Garden of the Gods and North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop. Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs) and Climbing Tours (in Colorado Springs). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, and explore the world behind art at Museo De Las Americas.

To find ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Denver vacation planner.

If you are flying in from France, the closest major aiports are Denver International Airport and City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport. In August, daytime highs in Denver are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Las Vegas.
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Las Vegas — 1 night

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 19th (Sat), wander the streets of The Strip, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Denver to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in August, expect Las Vegas to be a bit warmer, temps between 45°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Rapid City.
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Rapid City — 1 night

Gateway to the Black Hills

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 21st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, then stop by Alex Johnson Mercantile, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and finally explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City day trip planning site.

Getting from Las Vegas to Rapid City by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Rapid City. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, expect Rapid City to be slightly colder, temps between 33°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.
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Badlands National Park — 3 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Loop Road and Notch Trail. Spend the 24th (Thu) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, take some stellar pictures from Yellow Mounds Overlook, and explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Badlands National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Badlands National Park sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sioux Falls.
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Sioux Falls — 3 nights

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Butterfly House & Aquarium, then get to know the resident critters at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): trek along SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument, then hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, then walk around Falls Park, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Stockyards Ag Experience.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sioux Falls trip planner.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in August: highs in Sioux Falls hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 18°C. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rushford.
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Rushford — 1 day

Rushford is a town in Allegany County, New York, United States. On the 29th (Tue), stop by Angelica Sweet Shop and then explore the activities along Rushford Lake.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rushford trip maker tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sioux Falls to Rushford. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sioux Falls to Rushford due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sioux Falls, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rushford, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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