10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Glacier National Park
1
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
3
Keystone
— 1 night
Drive:  14​h 45​min
4
Chicago
— 2 nights
End: Chicago

3
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Escape the urban bustle at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and St. Mary Lake. Step off the beaten path and head to Highline Trail and Iceberg Lake Trail. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Swiftcurrent Lake.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Glacier National Park online day trip planner .

In May, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): get answers to all your questions at Old Faithful Visitor Education Center. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Grand Loop Road and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Two Top.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone trip maker website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Glacier National Park to West Yellowstone in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Glacier National Park in May, expect West Yellowstone to be slightly colder, temps between 14°C and -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Keystone.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road

1
night
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the activities along Horse Thief Lake and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harney Peak. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, and then take in the awesome beauty at Black Hills.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Keystone online travel planner .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from West Yellowstone to Keystone in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from West Yellowstone in May; daily highs in Keystone reach 20°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

South Dakota, The Museum @ Black Hills Institute
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Harney Peak ©
Harney Peak
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Black Hills ©
Black Hills

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Michigan, and then admire the landmark architecture of Chicago Cultural Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Indiana Dunes State Park and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago online road trip planner .

Getting from Keystone to Chicago by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, Chicago is a bit warmer than Keystone - with highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lake Michigan, Indiana Dunes State Park
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Indiana Dunes State Park ©
Indiana Dunes State Park
Lake Michigan ©
Lake Michigan

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