22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

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22 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23 h
1
Chicago
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Cedar Point
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h 45 min
3
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Keystone
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
5
Portland
— 6 nights
Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Sydney

6
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, find something for the whole family at Navy Pier, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and engage your brain at Field Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Chicago is an approximately 23- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Chicago is minus 16 hours. Traveling from Sydney in March, expect Chicago to be colder, temps between 8°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cedar Point.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Horseshoe Hammond
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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
Cedar Point

Cedar Point ©
Cedar Point is a village in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): wander the wide-open spaces of Cedar Creek Ranch, then take an in-depth tour of Hegeler Carus Mansion, and then stroll around LaSalle Rotary Park.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cedar Point vacation planner.

You can drive from Chicago to Cedar Point in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in March, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Cedar Point

Museums Parks

Side Trip

LaSalle
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Hegeler Carus Mansion ©
Hegeler Carus Mansion
Cedar Creek Ranch ©
Cedar Creek Ranch
LaSalle Rotary Park ©
LaSalle Rotary Park

3
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.
Badlands National Park is known for scenic drive, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burns Basin Overlook, and admire all the interesting features of Sheep Mountain Table Road.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park day trip website.

Explore your travel options from Cedar Point to Badlands National Park with the Route module. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cedar Point to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cedar Point in March, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be slightly colder, around -6°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

3
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Keystone: Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, &more). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, identify plant and animal life at Bismark Lake Campground, contemplate the waterfront views at Horse Thief Lake, and take in the awesome beauty at The Needles.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Keystone sightseeing website.

Drive from Badlands National Park to Keystone in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Keystone, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Hill City, The Needles
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road
The Needles ©
The Needles

6
nights
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Explore Portland's surroundings by going to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (in McMinnville), Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach History Center and Museum, Haystack Rock, &more) and Newberg (Adelsheim Vineyard & Utopia Vineyard). And it doesn't end there: stop by Powell's City of Books, trek along Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, admire the sheer force of Multnomah Falls, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hoyt Arboretum.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Portland trip planner.

You can fly from Keystone to Portland in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Keystone to Portland. Traveling from Keystone in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Portland: highs are around 16°C and lows about 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Newberg, Big Winds, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Multnomah Falls
Highlights from your plan
Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books

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