22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

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Chicago
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De Smet
— 1 night
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Arches National Park
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Petrified Forest National Park
— 1 night
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San Antonio
— 1 night

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Chicago

Chicago

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the views from Michigan Avenue Bridge, don't miss a visit to Millennium Park, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then make a trip to Buckingham Fountain, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium and then admire the landmark architecture of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Chicago trip planner.

Pittsburgh to Chicago is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Pittsburgh to Chicago is minus 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Chicago are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Millennium Park
Millennium Park
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

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De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. On the 16th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, then take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum, then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our De Smet sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by car from Chicago to De Smet takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in De Smet when traveling from Chicago in June, with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie ©
Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes ©
Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes
De Smet Cemetery
De Smet Cemetery

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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.
On the 17th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park route tool.

Getting from De Smet to Badlands National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from De Smet to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Change things up with a short trip to Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Solitary Geyser, hike along Inspiration Point, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Badlands National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and car. When traveling from Badlands National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Yellowstone National Park, with highs around 66°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Yellowstone Lake ©
Yellowstone Lake

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): trek along Peek-A-Boo Loop.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, shuttle, taxi, and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June; daily highs in Bryce Canyon National Park reach 79°F and lows reach 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Peek-A-Boo Loop ©
Peek-A-Boo Loop

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 25th (Fri), hike along Bright Angel Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, trek along South Kaibab Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in June, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are a bit warmer (85°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch, then trek along Double Arch, then trek along Windows, and finally explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Tunnel Arch, explore the striking landscape at Landscape Arch, and then hike along Fiery Furnace.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Arches National Park trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Arches National Park takes 6.5 hours. In June, Arches National Park is somewhat warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 95°F and lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, then take a peaceful walk through Many Parks Curve Overlook, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and finally trek along Tundra Communities Trail.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Arches National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of car and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Arches National Park in June, with highs in Rocky Mountain National Park at 87°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Tundra Communities Trail ©
Tundra Communities Trail

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): stroll around Garden of the Gods, cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pikes Peak - America's Mountain
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek and then admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve online travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Colorado Springs to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is slightly colder at night with lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

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

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 2nd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Park Point, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Mesa Verde National Park. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in July; daily highs in Mesa Verde National Park reach 90°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park ©
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): stroll through Blue Mesa and then trek along Crystal Forest Trail.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Petrified Forest National Park tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Petrified Forest National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Petrified Forest National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Blue Mesa ©
Blue Mesa
Crystal Forest Trail ©
Crystal Forest Trail

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San Antonio

San Antonio ©

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): find something for the whole family at SeaWorld and then make a trip to Main Plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, and then take an in-depth tour of The Alamo.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Antonio trip app.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Petrified Forest National Park to San Antonio takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Petrified Forest National Park to San Antonio. Traveling from Petrified Forest National Park in July, you will find days in San Antonio are a bit warmer (98°F), and nights are much hotter (75°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Antonio

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
SeaWorld ©
SeaWorld

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