8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Canon City
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
Custer
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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nights
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.
On the 30th (Sat), witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and then explore and take pictures at Artist Point.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Chicago to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Chicago in June, plan for little chillier days in Yellowstone National Park, with highs around 66°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 34°F. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Colorado Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, with highs in Colorado Springs at 86°F and lows at 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Canon City online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Colorado Springs in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Canon City, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Canon City

#Tours, #Adventure, #Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

1
night
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
On the 5th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe online itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Canon City to Santa Fe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Canon City in July, you will find days in Santa Fe are slightly colder (88°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Santa Fe

#Historic Sites
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel

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night
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Custer road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Santa Fe to Custer in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Santa Fe in July, expect Custer to be a bit cooler, temps between 80°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

#Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

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