16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
3
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Sedona
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Moab
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Chicago

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Grand Teton and Taggart Lake. There's still lots to do: trek along Cascade Canyon Trail, take a memorable drive along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, tour the pleasant surroundings at Menor's Ferry Historical Trail, and explore and take pictures at Teton Park Road.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Grand Teton National Park sightseeing planner .

Chicago to Grand Teton National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, shuttle, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Chicago in August, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Grand Teton National Park: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

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Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Taggart Lake ©
Taggart Lake
Teton Park Road ©
Teton Park Road

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Hayden Valley and Yellowstone Lake. Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, trek along Artist Point, and take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip website .

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in September, expect Yellowstone National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 60°F and 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley

2
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
On the 8th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Zion National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September: highs in Zion National Park hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park

1
night
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art, then take an unorthodox tour of Chapel of the Holy Cross, and then explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock. On your second day here, cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock, and then hike along Broken Arrow Trail.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sedona planner .

Drive from Zion National Park to Sedona in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Zion National Park in September since evenings lows in Sedona dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) ©
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)

1
night
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 12th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Canyonlands National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Moab trip planner .

Getting from Sedona to Moab by combination of taxi, flight, and car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Sedona in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Moab, with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Moab

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Canyonlands National Park ©
Canyonlands National Park

1
day
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of High Dune Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Moab to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Moab in September, with highs in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve at 76°F and lows at 39°F. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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