14 days in United States Itinerary

14 days in United States Itinerary

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14 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
1
Custer
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
4
Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Hilton Head
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 10th (Sat), admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park and then cruise along Wildlife Loop Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then hike along Presidential Trail.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Custer trip itinerary planner .

Chicago to Custer is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Custer is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in August, expect Custer to be slightly colder, temps between 77°F and 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Presidential Trail
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Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Artist Point and Yellowstone Lake. Take a break from the city and head to Mystic Falls Trail and Grand Prismatic Spring. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, admire the sheer force of Kepler Cascades, explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Custer to Yellowstone National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Custer in August: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 70°F and lows are around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Panorama Trail and Vernal Fall. Get in touch with nature at Nevada Falls Loop and Tuolumne Meadows. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest, explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and don't miss a visit to Washburn Point.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Yosemite National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Nevada Falls Loop ©
Nevada Falls Loop

2
nights
Pigeon Forge

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Roaring Fork and Clingmans Dome. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Blue Ridge Parkway will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, experience the excitement of Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, and sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Pigeon Forge by combination of car and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Pigeon Forge: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, River Rafting & Tubing, Blue Ridge Parkway
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River Rafting & Tubing
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome

1
night
Hilton Head

A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Coligny Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then stroll through Hilton Head Island Bike Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): cast your line with a fishing tour and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hilton Head journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Pigeon Forge to Hilton Head takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Pigeon Forge in August, Hilton Head is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Speed Boats Tours
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails ©
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails

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