8 days in Chicago & Keystone Itinerary

8 days in Chicago & Keystone Itinerary

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8 days in Chicago & Keystone Itinerary

Start: Chicago
1
Chicago
— 4 nights
Drive:  14​h 45​min
2
Keystone
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Moab

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
When in Chicago, make a side trip to see Basilica of the Sacred Heart in South Bend, approximately 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, and laugh and play at Navy Pier.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Chicago trip maker website .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Chicago. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 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

2
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.
You've now added Mount Rushmore National Memorial to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Keystone: Custer (Sylvan Lake & Needles Eye Tunnel). There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road, find something for the whole family at Rushmore Tramway Adventures, go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine, and see the interesting displays at National Presidential Wax Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Keystone day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Keystone takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in September; daily highs in Keystone reach 71°F and lows reach 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Custer
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

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