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

Chicago ©

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): examine the collection at Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank, then admire the striking features of The Rookery Building, and then test the waters at Aire Ancient Baths Chicago.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chicago online sightseeing planner.

Philadelphia to Chicago is an approximately 12.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Philadelphia to Chicago due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Chicago are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Chicago

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

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Colorado Springs

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.
On the 6th (Sun), hike along Seven Bridges Trail, head outdoors with Adventures Out West, see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): walk around Memorial Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Palmer Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cheyenne Mountain State Park, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with Rusty Wallace Racing Experience.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning site.

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. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in September, Colorado Springs is a bit cooler at night 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
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Hiking Trail
Palmer Park
4.7
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Hiking Trail
Seven Bridges Trail
4.7

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Ouzel Falls and Sheep Lakes. Explore hidden gems such as Chapel on the Rock and Tundra Communities Trail. The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Deer Mountain, admire the sheer force of Fern Falls, and trek along Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park day trip 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. In September in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

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

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Yellowstone National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Artists’ Paintpots, witness a stunning natural landmark at Beryl Spring, explore the striking landscape at Gibbon Falls, witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin, then take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, and finally explore the striking landscape at Blue Star Spring. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along North Rim Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Back Basin, then take in the natural beauty of Steamboat Geyser, and finally get impressive views of Monument Geyser Basin.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, train, taxi, and bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September: highs in Yellowstone National Park hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 33°F. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

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

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