13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
4
Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Glacier National Park

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Step out of Glacier National Park with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in West Glacier--about 48 minutes away. Spend the 19th (Thu) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. There's more to do: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road and get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Glacier National Park online route builder .

Chicago to Glacier National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Glacier National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Chicago in July since evenings lows in Glacier National Park dip to 49°F. You will leave for Yellowstone National Park on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

4
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: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, get great views at Observation Point Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake.

Plan trip to Yellowstone National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Glacier National Park in July, expect Yellowstone National Park to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

1
night
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 24th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Grand Teton National Park online tour planner .

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

4
nights
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Badlands National Park: Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Custer State Park, & more), Granite Sports (in Hill City) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, browse the different shops at Wall Drug, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Sage Creek Wilderness Area.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Grand Teton National Park to Badlands National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park to Badlands National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer, Granite Sports, Wall Drug, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

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