24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

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24 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Des Moines
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 9 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
5
Bismarck
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Minneapolis
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 13th (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building. On the next day, see the interesting displays at World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, ponder the world of politics at Terrace Hill, contemplate the long history of Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit, then snap pictures at Hogback Covered Bridge, and finally make a trip to The Temple for Performing Arts.

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Chicago to Des Moines is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit, Hogback Covered Bridge
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Terrace Hill ©
Terrace Hill
Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit ©
Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit
Hogback Covered Bridge ©
Hogback Covered Bridge

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): see the interesting displays at America's Founding Fathers Exhibit, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Geology, then take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, and finally don't miss a visit to Berlin Wall Exhibit. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Pawnseum, view the masterpieces at Art Alley, then stroll around Canyon Lake Park, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lost Cabin Beer Co., and finally learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

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Fly from Des Moines to Rapid City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Des Moines to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Des Moines in September: high temperatures in Rapid City hover around 75°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
America's Founding Fathers Exhibit ©
America's Founding Fathers Exhibit
Firehouse Wine Cellars ©
Firehouse Wine Cellars
Museum of Geology ©
Museum of Geology

9
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.
Get outdoors at Grand Prismatic Spring and Yellowstone National Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Mormon Row Historic District and Earthquake Lake. Explore Yellowstone National Park's surroundings by going to Grand Teton Distillery (in Driggs), Yellowstone Historic Center (in West Yellowstone) and Grand Teton National Park (Potholes Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, Grand Teton, & more). There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Mammoth Hot Springs, don't miss a visit to Roosevelt Arch, look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Loop Road, and take in breathtaking views at S Rim Trail.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Rapid City to Yellowstone National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. When traveling from Rapid City in September, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grand Teton National Park, West Yellowstone, Grand Teton Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Hot Springs
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
Uncle Tom's Trail ©
Uncle Tom's Trail

3
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. On the 28th (Sat), contemplate the long history of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at MacDonald Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Gates of the Mountains and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Helena National Forest.

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Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Helena in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September: high temperatures in Helena hover around 73°F and lows are around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Highlights from your plan
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
MacDonald Pass ©
MacDonald Pass

2
nights
Bismarck

Bismarck ©
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Cross Ranch State Park, get to know the fascinating history of The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, and then steep yourself in history at Custer House. On your second day here, grab your bike and head to Keelboat Park and then play a few rounds at Hawktree Golf Club.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bismarck journey maker site .

Getting from Helena to Bismarck by car takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Bismarck are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Bismarck

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trips

Custer House, The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Cross Ranch State Park
Highlights from your plan
Hawktree Golf Club ©
Hawktree Golf Club
Cross Ranch State Park ©
Cross Ranch State Park

4
nights
Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Take a break from the city and head to Summit Avenue and Chain of Lakes. Popular historic sites such as Historic Fort Snelling and Basilica of St. Mary are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, admire the masterpieces at Weisman Art Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Minneapolis City Hall, and get to know the fascinating history of Lakewood Cemetery.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Minneapolis visit planner.

You can fly from Bismarck to Minneapolis in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bismarck in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Minneapolis, with lows of 43°F. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Saint Paul
Highlights from your plan
Historic Fort Snelling ©
Historic Fort Snelling
Summit Avenue
Summit Avenue
Basilica of St. Mary ©
Basilica of St. Mary

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