13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Chicago
— 1 night
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Badlands National Park
— 1 day
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Bozeman
— 2 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 1 night
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Saint Louis
— 1 night
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Chicago

— 1 night

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Chicago travel itinerary planner.

Columbia to Chicago is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Columbia to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Columbia in July, things will get little chillier in Chicago: highs are around 83°F and lows about 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Badlands National Park

— 1 day
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.
On the 24th (Sat), get great views at Yellow Mounds Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Conata Basin Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally admire all the interesting features of Loop Road.

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Traveling by flight from Chicago to Badlands National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in July, you will find days in Badlands National Park are somewhat warmer (91°F), and nights are slightly colder (60°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can fly to Bozeman.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Bozeman

— 2 nights
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseback Riding Tours and American Computer & Robotics Museum. Get outdoors at Big Sky Resort and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Bozeman: Yellowstone National Park (Sheepeater Cliffs, Undine Falls, &more) and The Soldiers Chapel (in Big Sky). The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bozeman trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Badlands National Park to Bozeman in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in July: high temperatures in Bozeman hover around 86°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 2 nights

Crown of the Continent

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.
On the 28th (Wed), admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, and finally get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake McDonald, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Cedars, and then hike along Siyeh Pass.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Glacier National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Denver.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Dinosaur Ridge, then contemplate the waterfront views at Evergreen Lake, and then take in the awesome beauty at Lookout Mountain. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Molly Brown House Museum and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip maker tool.

You can fly from Glacier National Park to Denver in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Denver when traveling from Glacier National Park in July, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint Louis

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, explore the engaging exhibits at The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Old Courthouse, and finally appreciate the history behind Gateway Arch National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Saint Louis Science Center and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Saint Louis vacation planner.

You can fly from Denver to Saint Louis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver to Saint Louis, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Saint Louis, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.