12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Chicago
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Chicago

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank, then steep yourself in history at The Rookery Building, and then test the waters at Aire Ancient Baths Chicago.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Chicago driving holiday planner.

Philadelphia to Chicago is an approximately 12.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September in Chicago, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Chicago

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip
Ohio Street Beach ©
Must see
Ohio Street Beach
4.3

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Colorado Springs

Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): hike along Seven Bridges Trail, get outside with Adventures Out West, see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, then listen to music at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, and finally view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Here are some ideas for day two: get some jogging in at Memorial Park, then hike along Palmer Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Cheyenne Mountain State Park, and finally push the limits with Rusty Wallace Racing Experience.

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You can drive from Chicago to Colorado Springs in 17 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Colorado Springs, with lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Palmer Park ©
Hiking Trail
Palmer Park
4.7
Seven Bridges Trail ©
Hiking Trail
Seven Bridges Trail
4.7

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Step out of the city life by going to Ouzel Falls and Tundra Communities Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chapel on the Rock and Estes Cone Hike. And it doesn't end there: admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, take in the dramatic scenery at Fern Falls, explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, and explore the activities along Chasm Lake.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park route builder tool.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your trip
Ouzel  Falls ©
Must see
Ouzel Falls
4.9

2
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Yellowstone National Park

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Artists’ Paintpots, take in the natural beauty of Beryl Spring, take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, then take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, then take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Blue Star Spring. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along North Rim Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Back Basin, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Steamboat Geyser, and finally stroll through Monument Geyser Basin.

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Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, train, taxi, and bus. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 33°F at night. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip
Gibbon Falls ©
Must see
Gibbon Falls
4.5

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