18 days in Chicago & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

18 days in Chicago & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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18 days in Chicago & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 1 night
Drive:  23​h
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 13 nights
Drive:  31​h
End: Pittsburgh

1
night
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 29th (Sat): engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower. On the next day, see the interesting displays at The Field Museum, explore the activities along Lake Michigan, and then get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chicago travel itinerary planner.

Pittsburgh to Chicago is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July in Chicago, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Lake Michigan
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Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Field Museum ©
Field Museum

13
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.
Visit S Rim Trail and Uncle Tom's Trail for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Mount Washburn and Yellowstone Lake. On the 2nd (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Grand Teton. On the 9th (Wed), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, take a memorable drive along Lamar Valley, and take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Chicago to Yellowstone National Park in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Yellowstone National Park. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect nights in Yellowstone National Park to be colder, around 40°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
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Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn

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