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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Iron Mountain Road.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Custer visit 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 enough time to drive 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

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Traveling by car from Custer to Keystone takes an hour. In March, daytime highs in Keystone are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

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

2
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.
For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Keystone to Yellowstone National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Keystone in March, expect Yellowstone National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 37°F and 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

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

few
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Teton National Park attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can 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.
Salt Lake Temple has been added to your itinerary.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Salt Lake City travel planning website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Teton National Park to Salt Lake City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 35°F. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): get great views at Grandview Point and then get great views at Hopi Point.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip builder .

You can drive from Salt Lake City to Grand Canyon National Park in 8.5 hours. Traveling from Salt Lake City in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows around 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive 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.
Dan Mick's Guided Jeep Tours has been added to your itinerary.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Arches National Park trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Arches National Park takes 6.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Arches National Park when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in March, with lows around 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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night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wild Basin Area. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park road trip planner .

Drive from Arches National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature Parks 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.
Mount Evans has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Denver tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. March in Denver sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 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

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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