12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Springfield
— Few hours
2
Galena
— 1 night
3
Dubuque
— 1 night
4
Rapid City
— 2 nights
5
Keystone
— 1 night
6
Custer
— 2 nights
7
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
8
Chicago
— 1 night

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Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Pasfield House.

Before you visit Springfield, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Louisville to Springfield is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Galena.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pasfield House ©
Pasfield House

1
night
Galena

Galena ©
Galena is the largest city in and the county seat of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, with a population of 3,429 at the 2010 census. On the 19th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home, then sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Galena road trip planning website.

Drive from Springfield to Galena in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or fly. In July, Galena is little chillier than Springfield - with highs of 80°F and lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Dubuque.

Things to do in Galena

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Spas
Highlights from your plan
Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. ©
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
Spas

1
night
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and then walk around Eagle Point Park.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dubuque vacation maker app.

Dubuque is just a stone's throw from Galena. In July, daytime highs in Dubuque are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Highlights from your plan
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium ©
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 21st (Tue), examine the collection at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel in the Hills. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, then contemplate the long history of Adams House, then stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, and finally learn about winemaking at Belle Joli Winery Tasting Room.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City road trip planner.

You can fly from Dubuque to Rapid City in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dubuque to Rapid City. July in Rapid City sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Deadwood
Highlights from your plan
South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams House ©
Adams House

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine, then learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, and then hike along Presidential Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Keystone trip planning tool.

Keystone is just a stone's throw from Rapid City. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rapid City in July: high temperatures in Keystone hover around 80°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Keystone

Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Prairie Berry Winery
Highlights from your plan
Prairie Berry Winery ©
Prairie Berry Winery
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine

2
nights
Custer

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 24th (Fri), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Needles Highway and then cruise along Iron Mountain Road.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Custer trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Keystone to Custer takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Needles Highway
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Logan Pass and Highline Trail. Visiting Going-to-the-Sun Road and Grinnell Glacier will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald, and stroll through Avalanche Lake.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Glacier National Park road trip planning website.

You can fly from Custer to Glacier National Park in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In July, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Logan Pass ©
Logan Pass
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 29th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Michigan, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Glacier National Park to Chicago takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Glacier National Park to Chicago. Traveling from Glacier National Park in July, Chicago is a bit warmer at night with lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Lake Michigan
Highlights from your plan
Chicago Riverwalk ©
Chicago Riverwalk
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
Lake Michigan ©
Lake Michigan

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