9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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Chicago
— 1 day
Fly
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive
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Thermopolis
— 1 night
Drive
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Cody
— 1 night
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Helena
— 1 night
Drive
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Bozeman
— 1 night
Fly

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Chicago

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Chicago River, then grab your bike and head to Lakefront Trail, and finally get in on the family fun at Fox in a Box Chicago.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Chicago trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Chicago. In August in Chicago, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Badlands National Park

Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Notch Trail, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Chicago to Badlands National Park by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Badlands National Park when traveling from Chicago in August, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature

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Rapid City

Gateway to the Black Hills

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 12th (Wed): learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, and then stop by Downtown Rapid City.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Thermopolis.

Things to do in Rapid City

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

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Thermopolis

Thermopolis is the largest town in, and the county seat of Hot Springs County, Wyoming, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs State Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at The Star Plunge, and then have fun and explore at Wyoming Dinosaur Center.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Thermopolis online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Thermopolis takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Rapid City in August, things will get a bit cooler in Thermopolis: highs are around 72°F and lows about 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cody.

Things to do in Thermopolis

Nature · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

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Cody

Preferred Gateway to Yellowstone

A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Old Trail Town, then let the river carry you with Wyoming River Trips, and then examine the collection at Cody Firearms Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cody trip planner.

You can drive from Thermopolis to Cody in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Thermopolis, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cody, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

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Yellowstone National Park

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
On the 15th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Butte Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Sheepeater Cliffs, explore the striking landscape at Golden Gate Canyon, then identify plant and animal life at Monument Geyser Basin, then take in the dramatic natural features at Beryl Spring, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lehardy's Rapids.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Yellowstone National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Cody to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cody in August; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 70°F and lows reach 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Grand Teton National Park

Mountains of the Imagination

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the activities along Jackson Lake, admire all the interesting features of 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, and then trek along Jenny Lake Trail.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Grand Teton National Park day trip planner.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Teton National Park, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Helena.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature

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Helena

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains, then get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, and then get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Helena trip planner.

You can fly from Grand Teton National Park to Helena in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus. In August, Helena is a bit warmer than Grand Teton National Park - with highs of 86°F and lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Helena

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Museums

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Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get engrossed in the history at American Computer & Robotics Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bozeman trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helena to Bozeman takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Helena in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 47°F in Bozeman. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.