8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
2
Rapid City
— 2 nights
3
Des Moines
— 2 nights
4
Salt Lake City
— 1 night

2
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Old Faithful. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail, explore the activities along Shoshone Lake, and stroll through Observation Point Trail.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park tour builder tool.

Chicago to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, shuttle, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in August, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are little chillier (°F), and nights are colder (°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

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

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nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial, thenget a tailor-made plan with Black Hills Helicopters, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Storybook Island and then identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rapid City trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Rapid City takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, you will find days in Rapid City are somewhat warmer (°F), and nights are much warmer (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Keystone, Sylvan Lake
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

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nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 15th (Sat), hunt for treasures at Downtown Farmers Market, thenponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, thenmake a trip to The Temple for Performing Arts, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at High Trestle Trail.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Des Moines trip planner.

Fly from Rapid City to Des Moines in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to Des Moines. In August, daytime highs in Des Moines are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. You will leave for Salt Lake City on the 16th (Sun).

Things to do in Des Moines

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

High Trestle Trail
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Farmers Market ©
Downtown Farmers Market
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
The Temple for Performing Arts ©
The Temple for Performing Arts

1
night
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Temple Square.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Des Moines to Salt Lake City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Des Moines to Salt Lake City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Des Moines in August, you will find days in Salt Lake City are somewhat warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

Park City
Highlights from your plan
Utah Olympic Park ©
Utah Olympic Park
Temple Square ©
Temple Square

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