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

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Windy City

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

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Chicago visit app.

Philadelphia to Chicago is an approximately 12.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): hike along Seven Bridges Trail, head outdoors with Adventures Out West, then see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, then explore the world behind art at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at 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 maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning tool.

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 when traveling from Chicago to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Chicago in September, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

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Hiking Trail
Palmer Park
4.7
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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.
Visiting Ouzel Falls and Tundra Communities Trail will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chapel on the Rock and North Inlet Trail. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Many Parks Curve Overlook, contemplate the waterfront views at Chasm Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Sheep Lakes, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Estes Cone Hike.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 time for the car ride 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): stroll through Artists’ Paintpots, look for all kinds of wild species at Beryl Spring, explore the striking landscape 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. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along North Rim Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Back Basin, then take in the natural beauty of Steamboat Geyser, and finally get impressive views of Monument Geyser Basin.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park travel route app.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, train, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are colder (60°F), and nights are a bit cooler (33°F). 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
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Must see
Gibbon Falls
4.5

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