7 days in Yellowstone National Park & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

7 days in Yellowstone National Park & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

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7 days in Yellowstone National Park & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
+4
Drive + Fly + foot + bus + Drive:  10​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Chicago

4
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.
Spend the 3rd (Mon) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, trek along Artist Point, explore the striking landscape of Lake Butte Overlook, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Chicago to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Chicago, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

1
night
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 6th (Thu): explore the activities along Bear Lake, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and finally take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park holiday maker .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park by combination of car, flight, and bus takes about 11 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Rocky Mountain National Park, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Milner Pass ©
Milner Pass
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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