There’s a whole world of adventure just waiting to be discovered on your Peaks and Parks RV Tour in the USA’s western states. Start your adventure from our Denver location, approximately 30 minutes from downtown. Peaks and Parks is a leisurely itinerary covering approx. 1750 miles in 16 days, leaving you plenty of time to hike, kayak, fish or simply to stop and enjoy your surroundings. Highlights of this suggested itinerary include the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone National Park, Mount Rushmore and Devil’s Tower. With a focus mainly on the state of Wyoming, our Peaks and Parks tour also enables you to tick South Dakota, Nebraska and Colorado off your “been there, done that” USA state list.
Pick up your RV this morning from our Denver location and begin your short 2 hour drive to Rocky Mountain National Park. Plan to spend two full days here, taking in majestic mountain views, observing wildlife and discovering the expense of back country trail in the park. Drive over famous Trail Ridge Road and check out the other scenic routes including Fall River Road and Bear Lake Road. Camping is available at several campgrounds in the park.
Continue east on highway 34 to Interstate 25 near Loveland. Your journey today takes you through Fort Collins and Virginia Dale before crossing the border into Wyoming. The mountains are all around you so it’s hard to imagine how much better the scenery can become. You’ll be covering some distance today but we recommend you try to make it to Grand Teton without an overnight stop as there’s so much to see and do in the Park. Stop at the Visitor Centre in the park for information about hiking and camping.
Most of the campgrounds in Yellowstone Park don’t take advance reservations so we recommend you start out early and arrive at your preferred campground between 9 and 10 to secure your camping spot. Once you have your campground, head out to explore. Allow one day to hike and view the canyons and waterfalls in the park then concentrate the next day on geysers and steam. Yellowstone is truly a park of many contrasts. As this park is very busy during the day, it helps to start exploring early and get to places before the crowds arrive. There are limited opportunities to buy groceries in the park so stock up before you come.
Pass through Cody today on your way to Devil’s Tower. Cody is a popular destination for those looking for a more western experience during their vacation. Many attractions in or near the town allow you to take a step back in time to the “Old West”. Explore old Ghost Towns of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
Continue on to Devil’s Tower. Located in the Black Hills near the South Dakota border, Devil’s Tower was the first declared US National Monument, established in 1906. The more ambitious can climb the tower using traditional climbing techniques but most prefer to admire this monolith from the ground up. Camping is available at Belle Fourche Campground and at the KOA nearby.
The drive from Devil’s Tower to Mount Rushmore shouldn’t take more than 3 hours, depending on how many times you choose to stop along the way. There is no admission fee for Mount Rushmore, however a parking fee applies. The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is carved in the granite core of the Black Hills. The heads in the rock are former US presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Other places of interest nearby are Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument. The closest campgrounds to Mount Rushmore are in Keystone, a short drive away.
From Mount Rushmore, take a side trip into Badlands National Park, approximately 1.5 hours away. Take I-90 east towards Wall (don’t forget to call into Wall to visit Wall Drugs!) to exit 110 or 131 to access Hwy 240’s Badlands Loop Road. While visiting the Badlands you might also want to visit the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. Visitors can get an up-close look at an intercontinental ballistic missile and be guided through the underground launch control facility. There is a National Park Campground in the park which fills up early. No hookups or showers are available here but there is a dump station.
Head back to Rapid City before joining highway 79 south through Buffalo Gap National Grassland. Today you can add Nebraska to the list of US states visited as the highway crosses the state north to south before landing back in Colorado. Plan an overnight stay along the way then continue through to Denver to drop off your RV.
Your Peaks and Parks tour is at an end – we invite you back to AmeriDream on another occasion to experience one of our other tours.
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