12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
3
Arches National Park
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park visit planner .

Chicago to Glacier National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Glacier National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Glacier National Park when traveling from Chicago in July, with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park driving holiday planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Glacier National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

1
night
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Wolfe Ranch Rock Art.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park sightseeing planner .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Arches National Park by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Arches National Park can reach 95°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature
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Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Wolfe Ranch ©
Wolfe Ranch

5
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.
Go for a jaunt from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park to see Grand Teton about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, take some stellar pictures from Observation Point Trail, and trek along Artist Point.

For maps and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Arches National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Arches National Park in July, things will get cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 73°F and lows about 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
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Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

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