8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Arches National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Jensen
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
5
Rock Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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.
To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City trip planner .

Chicago to Salt Lake City is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in July: highs in Salt Lake City hover around 95°F, while lows dip to 70°F. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
day
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Landscape Arch, don't miss a visit to Partition Arch, take in the dramatic natural features at Fiery Furnace, then don't miss a visit to Delicate Arch, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Double Arch.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Arches National Park travel app .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Salt Lake City to Arches National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. July in Arches National Park sees daily highs of 97°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace

1
night
Grand Junction

Grand Junction
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction trip planning website .

You can drive from Arches National Park to Grand Junction in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. July in Grand Junction sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 64°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Jensen.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Outdoors Parks Tours

few
hours
Jensen

Jensen ©
Jensen is a census-designated place in eastern Uintah County, Utah, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate the long history of McKee Springs Petroglyphs, then don't miss a visit to Cub Creek Petroglyphs, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dinosaur National Monument visitor center, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Jensen trip planner .

Drive from Grand Junction to Jensen in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Junction in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 59°F in Jensen. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rock Springs.

Things to do in Jensen

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Quarry Exhibit Hall ©
Quarry Exhibit Hall

1
night
Rock Springs

Rock Springs
Rock Springs is a city in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, United States. To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rock Springs driving holiday planner.

Getting from Jensen to Rock Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Jensen in July, you will find days in Rock Springs are slightly colder (85°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sat) before leaving for Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rock Springs

Parks Museums Wildlife

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Upper Geyser Basin, Grand Prismatic Spring and Old Faithful. On the 27th (Sat), witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, then take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Kepler Cascades. On your second day here, hike along North Rim Trail, identify plant and animal life at Gibbon Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Firehole Canyon Drive, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at West Thumb Geyser Basin.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Rock Springs to Yellowstone National Park with the Route module. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rock Springs in July, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 73°F and lows at 39°F. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Castle Geyser ©
Castle Geyser
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

2
nights
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jenny Lake Overlook. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier View Turnout, then get great views at Jenny Lake Overlook, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Group. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): stroll through Leigh Lake and then take in the dramatic scenery at Hidden Falls.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Teton National Park road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, you will find days in Grand Teton National Park are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). On the 31st (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier View Turnout ©
Glacier View Turnout
Jenny Lake Overlook ©
Jenny Lake Overlook
Leigh Lake ©
Leigh Lake

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