16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Bullhead City
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Lake Havasu City
— 1 day
+2
shuttle + Fly + taxi:  8​h 15​min
2
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Sioux Falls
— 1 day
bus + ferry:  6​h 45​min
5
Mackinac Island
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
6
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Chicago
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: Bullhead City

1
day
Lake Havasu City

Lake Havasu City ©
Lake Havasu City is a city in Mohave County, Arizona, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get lost in a book at Mohave County Library and then stroll through London Bridge Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lake Havasu City trip planning site .

Bullhead City to Lake Havasu City is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bullhead City to Lake Havasu City. In September, daytime highs in Lake Havasu City are 101°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Lake Havasu City

Parks
Highlights from your plan
London Bridge Beach ©
London Bridge Beach

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Take a break from the city and head to Black Hills National Forest and Wind Cave National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap) and Bear Country USA (in Rapid City). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, admire all the interesting features of Wildlife Loop Road, look for gifts at Custer County Candy Company, and immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Custer online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Lake Havasu City to Custer takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, flight, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lake Havasu City to Custer due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Lake Havasu City in September: high temperatures in Custer hover around 71°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Windcross Conservancy, Bear Country USA, Wind Cave National Park
Highlights from your plan
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Badlands National Park vacation planner .

Drive from Custer to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Custer, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

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day
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Falls Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, and then browse the different shops at The Empire Mall.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sioux Falls tour planner.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
The Empire Mall ©
The Empire Mall

1
day
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 4th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Biddle House, step off the mainland to explore Eagle Point Cave, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island online route planner .

Explore your travel options from Sioux Falls to Mackinac Island with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sioux Falls to Mackinac Island. Traveling from Sioux Falls in October, you will find days in Mackinac Island are a bit cooler (55°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church

3
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Nashville is a village in Barry County in the U.S. Visit Island Lake State Recreation Area and Grand Mere State Park for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Silver Beach County Park and W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. Explore Nashville's surroundings by going to Saint Joseph (Whirlpool Compass Fountain & Lions Park Beach) and Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery (in Mattawan). There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at MOO-ville Creamery.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nashville trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mackinac Island to Nashville. Traveling from Mackinac Island in October, expect nights in Nashville to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Saint Joseph, Grand Mere State Park, Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Island Lake State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
MOO-ville Creamery ©
MOO-ville Creamery
Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery ©
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery

5
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Visiting Silver Beach County Park and Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Whihala Beach Co Park and Grand Mere State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chicago: Cowles Bog (in Chesterton) and Little Red Schoolhouse (in Willow Springs). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, don't miss a visit to Millennium Park, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and get engrossed in the history at Ernest Hemingway Birthplace.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago route planning site .

Getting from Nashville to Chicago by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Nashville to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Chicago when traveling from Nashville in October, with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Mere State Park, Silver Beach County Park, Whihala Beach, Cowles Bog, Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm
Highlights from your plan
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace ©
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace

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