12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Billings
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
5
Page
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Sedona
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Phoenix
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Billings

Billings
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Billings trip planner .

Chicago to Billings is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Billings. Traveling from Chicago in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Billings, with lows of 58°F. On the 5th (Wed), you'll travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Nature Museums

3
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.
Step out of Yellowstone National Park with an excursion to Horseback Riding Tours in Gardiner--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, identify plant and animal life at Lamar Valley, take in the dramatic scenery at Kepler Cascades, and take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary website .

Drive from Billings to Yellowstone National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Billings in August, plan for little chillier days in Yellowstone National Park, with highs around 70°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Horseback Riding Tours
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

2
nights
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.
On the 9th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Glacier View Turnout, identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton, and then cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Signal Mountain Summit Road, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Group, and then trek along Jenny Lake Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Teton National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Grand Teton National Park, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Jenny Lake Trail ©
Jenny Lake Trail
Signal Mountain Summit Road ©
Signal Mountain Summit Road

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.
To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Grand Teton National Park to Salt Lake City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in August, expect nights in Salt Lake City to be much hotter, around 67°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 92°F. You will leave for Page on the 11th (Tue).

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): enjoy some diversion at Gunfighter Canyon, admire all the interesting features of Horseshoe Bend, and then explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then stop by Big Lake Trading Post.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Page online tour planner .

Getting from Salt Lake City to Page by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In August in Page, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Page

Outdoors Tours Nature
Highlights from your plan
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon
Horseshoe Bend ©
Horseshoe Bend
Photography Tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): get great views at Powell Point and then engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Page to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Page in August, things will get slightly colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 80°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum
Powell Point ©
Powell Point

1
night
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): look and learn at Sedona Star Gazing.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sedona trip planner .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August, Sedona is somewhat warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 89°F and lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Phoenix.

Things to do in Sedona

Scenic Drive Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Slide Rock State Park ©
Slide Rock State Park
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) ©
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)

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night
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Heard Museum and then meet the residents at Phoenix Zoo.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Phoenix trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Sedona to Phoenix takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a shuttle. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sedona in August: high temperatures in Phoenix hover around 105°F and lows are around 83°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Phoenix Zoo ©
Phoenix Zoo
Heard Museum ©
Heard Museum

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