12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Drive:  9​h
1
Wisconsin Dells
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h
2
Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
3
Big Sky
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Bozeman
— 1 night
Drive:  22​h
6
Chicago
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Cleveland

1
night
Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells ©
Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
On the 20th (Fri), examine the collection at National Mustard Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pheasant Branch Creek Conservancy, appreciate the views at Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area, then brush up on your military savvy at Portage WWII History Museum, then make a splash at Wilderness Territory, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Port Huron Brewing Company.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Wisconsin Dells road trip tool .

Cleveland to Wisconsin Dells is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cleveland to Wisconsin Dells is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cleveland in December, with highs in Wisconsin Dells at 30°F and lows at 18°F. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Keystone.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Middleton, Portage WWII History Museum, Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area, Mousehouse Cheesehaus
Highlights from your plan
National Mustard Museum ©
National Mustard Museum
Wilderness Territory ©
Wilderness Territory
Witches Gulch ©
Witches Gulch

2
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Keystone trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Wisconsin Dells to Keystone in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Wisconsin Dells to Keystone. Traveling from Wisconsin Dells in December, Keystone is little chillier at night with lows of 13°F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Mon) before leaving for Big Sky.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, Black Hills
Highlights from your plan
Black Hills ©
Black Hills
Horse Thief Lake ©
Horse Thief Lake
Keystone Historical Museum ©
Keystone Historical Museum

3
nights
Big Sky

Big Sky ©
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Get outdoors at Mammoth Hot Springs and Lone Peak. Kids will enjoy Ousel Falls Trail and Beehive Basin Trail. Explore Big Sky's surroundings by going to Island Park (Harriman State Park, Island Park Adventures, LLC, & more), Beaverhead River (in Dillon) and Lower Geyser Basin (in Yellowstone National Park). There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, and get outside with Grizzly Outfitters Ski & Backcountry Sports.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Big Sky online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Keystone to Big Sky by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Keystone in December, things will get a bit cooler in Big Sky: highs are around 21°F and lows about -1°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Big Sky

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Island Park, Yellowstone National Park, Beaverhead River, Lava Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Hot Springs
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yellowstone Club ©
Yellowstone Club

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Yellowstone Historic Center has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun and then get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Loop Road, witness a stunning natural landmark at West Thumb Geyser Basin, then admire the local landmark of Fountain Paint Pot, then cruise along Firehole Canyon Drive, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone planning tool .

You can drive from Big Sky to West Yellowstone in an hour. Another option is to take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in West Yellowstone are 21°F, while nighttime lows are -1°F. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
Firehole Canyon Drive ©
Firehole Canyon Drive
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin

1
night
Bozeman

Bozeman ©
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Yellowstone Gateway Museum, take an in-depth tour of Headwaters Heritage Museum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Madison River Brewing, then walk around Gallatin County Regional Park, and finally get curious at Children's Museum of Bozeman.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bozeman online visit planner .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from West Yellowstone in December; daily highs in Bozeman reach 30°F and lows reach 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trips

Yellowstone Gateway Museum, Madison River Brewing, Headwaters Heritage Museum
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Gateway Museum ©
Yellowstone Gateway Museum
Grotto Falls Trail ©
Grotto Falls Trail
Headwaters Heritage Museum ©
Headwaters Heritage Museum

1
day
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 30th (Mon), have some family-friendly fun at Team vs Time, take in the exciting artwork at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, see the interesting displays at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, then kick back and relax at Oak Street Beach, then look for gifts at American Girl Place Chicago, and finally see the interesting displays at Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chicago driving holiday tool .

Fly from Bozeman to Chicago in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bozeman in December, with highs in Chicago at 38°F and lows at 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
Highlights from your plan
Ragnarok Axe Throwing ©
Ragnarok Axe Throwing

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