16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Milan

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Chicago trip planner.

Milan, Italy to Chicago is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Milan to Chicago due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Chicago are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago Riverwalk ©
Chicago Riverwalk
Field Museum ©
Field Museum

4
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Escape the urban bustle at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Loop Road. Visit Mount Moriah Cemetery and Adams House Museum for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs), Wildlife Loop Road (in Custer) and Badlands Wall (in Badlands National Park). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens, take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, and explore and take pictures at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Rapid City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago to Rapid City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, Rapid City is slightly colder at night with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Deadwood, Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Wildlife Loop Road
Highlights from your plan
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Loop Road ©
Loop Road

2
nights
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.
On the 7th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Oxbow Bend Turnout, Grand Teton National Park and then cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Jenny Lake, trek along Jenny Lake Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Inspiration Point.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rapid City to Grand Teton National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Jenny Lake
Highlights from your plan
Jenny Lake ©
Jenny Lake
Jenny Lake Trail ©
Jenny Lake Trail
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Uncle Tom's Trail and Firehole Canyon Drive. Step out of the city life by going to Midway Geyser Basin and West Thumb Geyser Basin. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake, hike along Artist Point, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip planning website .

Getting from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin
Firehole Canyon Drive ©
Firehole Canyon Drive
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

1
night
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Golden Spike. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salt Lake Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Tabernacle, then examine the collection at Hill Aerospace Museum, and finally step off the mainland to explore Antelope Island State Park.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Salt Lake City trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Salt Lake City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Salt Lake City, with highs around 38°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Spike National Historic Site, Antelope Island State Park, Hill Aerospace Museum
Highlights from your plan
Golden Spike National Historic Site ©
Salt Lake Temple ©
Salt Lake Temple
The Tabernacle ©
The Tabernacle

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