15 days in Chicago, South Lake Tahoe & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

15 days in Chicago, South Lake Tahoe & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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15 days in Chicago, South Lake Tahoe & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  5​h
1
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Durham

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park. Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Washington Square will appeal to history buffs. When in Chicago, make a side trip to see Starved Rock State Park in Utica, approximately 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, explore and take pictures at Wrigley Field, and don't miss a visit to Cloud Gate.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Chicago driving holiday planner.

Durham to Chicago is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Chicago is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Durham in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Chicago, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, Washington Square, Starved Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Field Museum ©
Field Museum

3
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tallac Historic Site and Nevada State Museum. Get in touch with nature at Sand Harbor and Secret Cove Beach. When in South Lake Tahoe, make a side trip to see Tahoe Meadows Whole Access Interpretive Trail in Incline Village, approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Lake Tahoe, kick back and relax at Nevada Beach Campground, step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, and sample the tasty concoctions at South Lake Brewing Co.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe road trip site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Chicago to South Lake Tahoe in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to South Lake Tahoe is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Chicago in August, South Lake Tahoe is much colder at night with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Incline Village, Emerald Bay State Park, Lake Tahoe, Nevada Beach Campground, Nevada State Museum
Highlights from your plan
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm
Nevada State Museum ©
Nevada State Museum

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Uncle Tom's Trail and Grand Loop Road. Step out of the city life by going to Old Faithful Visitor Education Center and Artist Point. Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at West Thumb Geyser Basin, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake, and explore the striking landscape of Lake Butte Overlook.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from South Lake Tahoe to Yellowstone National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from South Lake Tahoe to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 70°F and lows are around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road

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