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

1
night
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): enjoy some friendly competition at Lucky Strike Phoenix. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Phoenix Zoo, then examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Phoenix holiday builder .

Chicago to Phoenix is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to Phoenix, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in August: highs in Phoenix hover around 105°F, while lows dip to 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix Zoo ©
Phoenix Zoo
Lucky Strike Phoenix ©
Lucky Strike Phoenix

1
night
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Slide Rock State Park, admire all the interesting features of Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Holy Cross.

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Drive from Phoenix to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a shuttle. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Phoenix in August: high temperatures in Sedona hover around 89°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive
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)

2
nights
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 7th (Fri): hike along Bright Angel Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Rim Trail and then get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park online tour planner .

You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sedona in August; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 80°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Page.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Horseshoe Bend, take in breathtaking views at Antelope Canyon, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Page holiday builder .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Page by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August, Page is somewhat warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 93°F and lows of 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Page

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

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.
On the 10th (Mon), get to know the resident critters at Tracy Aviary, then get a sense of history and politics at Utah State Capitol, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square, and finally engage your brain at Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Salt Lake City online visit planner .

You can fly from Page to Salt Lake City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Tracy Aviary ©
Tracy Aviary
Joseph Smith Memorial Building ©
Joseph Smith Memorial Building

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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, trails, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gibbon Falls, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and admire all the interesting features of Artist Point.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car. In August, Yellowstone National Park is cooler than Salt Lake City - with highs of 70°F and lows of 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Porcelain Basin ©
Porcelain Basin
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton, cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier View Turnout. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Teton Park Road and then trek along Cascade Canyon Trail.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, you will find days in Grand Teton National Park are a bit warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Teton Park Road ©
Teton Park Road
Glacier View Turnout ©
Glacier View Turnout

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