12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  15​h 30​min
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Custer
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Keystone
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Grand Teton National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h
5
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
7
Arches National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  16​h
End: Chicago

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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.
You've now added Iron Mountain Road to your itinerary.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Custer journey planner.

Chicago to Custer is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Custer is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Custer when traveling from Chicago in March, with lows around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Keystone.

Things to do in Custer

Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain 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.
You've now added Mount Rushmore National Memorial to your itinerary.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Keystone route planner .

Getting from Custer to Keystone by car takes about an hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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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.
To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park online attractions planner .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Keystone to Yellowstone National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Keystone in March; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 37°F and lows reach 10°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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hours
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take a memorable drive along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Grand Teton National Park trip site .

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive

1
night
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
You've now added Salt Lake Temple to your itinerary.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Salt Lake City travel route builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Teton National Park to Salt Lake City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In March in Salt Lake City, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Salt Lake Temple ©
Salt Lake Temple

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nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point and then get great views at Hopi Point.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip website .

You can drive from Salt Lake City to Grand Canyon National Park in 8.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Grand Canyon National Park when traveling from Salt Lake City in March, with lows around 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Arches National Park.
Highlights from your plan
Grandview Point ©
Grandview Point
Hopi Point ©
Hopi Point

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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.
You've now added Dan Mick's Guided Jeep Tours to your itinerary.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park vacation website .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Arches National Park in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in March, Arches National Park is a bit warmer at night with lows of 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Dan Mick's Guided Jeep Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dan Mick's Guided Jeep Tours ©
Dan Mick's Guided Jeep Tours

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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.
You've now added Wild Basin Area to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the activities along Lily Lake.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Wild Basin Area ©
Wild Basin Area
Lily Lake ©
Lily Lake

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
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.
You've now added Mount Evans to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In March in Denver, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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