18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h
1
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
2
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Custer
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Devils Tower
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  23​h 15​min
7
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: London

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 27th (Thu), engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, then stroll around Millennium Park, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago. On your second day here, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Buckingham Fountain, then try out the rides at Navy Pier, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip site .

London, UK to Chicago is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Chicago. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in August, with highs in Chicago at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 29th (Sat), stroll around Falls Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, then appreciate the history behind USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial, and finally hike along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Pipestone National Monument, then meet the residents at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Butterfly House & Aquarium, and finally make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Chicago to Sioux Falls takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Chicago in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Sioux Falls, with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Pipestone National Monument
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Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Pipestone National Monument ©
Pipestone National Monument

2
nights
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 31st (Mon): take a memorable drive along Loop Road and then explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Yellow Mounds Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, steep yourself in history at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, then take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally look for gifts at Wall Drug.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park visit planning app .

Getting from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sioux Falls in August: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Wall Drug, Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

1
night
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, then go for a walk through Breezy Point Picnic Area, and finally admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Custer road trip website .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Custer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Badlands National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Custer, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Breezy Point Picnic Area
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Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

1
night
Devils Tower

Devils Tower ©
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
On the 3rd (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Tower National Monument and then go for a walk through Tower Trail.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Devils Tower trip planning website .

Drive from Custer to Devils Tower in 2 hours. In September in Devils Tower, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Parks Nature
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Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument

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.
Take a break from Yellowstone National Park with a short trip to Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park, about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 8th (Tue) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Mammoth Hot Springs, identify plant and animal life at Lamar Valley, and trek along Artist Point.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park day trip tool .

Getting from Devils Tower to Yellowstone National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and car. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Devils Tower in September; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 18°C and lows reach 0°C. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from 360 Chicago Observation Deck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Field Museum, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then shop like a local with Chicago Cultural Center.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Chicago vacation builder website .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago by combination of car and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Chicago, with highs around 30°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Shopping Museums Childrens Museums
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The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
Field Museum ©
Field Museum
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo

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