12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Jackson Hole Airport, Drive to Yellowstone National Park
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Chicago
— 1 night
Fly
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Fly to Las Vegas, Bus to Bright Angle Lodge
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly

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Yellowstone National Park

— 3 nights

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.
Get outdoors at Grand Prismatic Spring and Upper Geyser Basin. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to West Thumb Geyser Basin and Sulphur Caldron. There's still lots to do: cruise along Grand Loop Road, trek along North Rim Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Observation Point Trail, and take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park day trip site.

Kalamazoo to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kalamazoo to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kalamazoo in June: highs in Yellowstone National Park hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Badlands National Park

— 2 nights
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.
On the 11th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Yellow Mounds Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, and finally identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip planner.

Fly from Yellowstone National Park to Badlands National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, things will get a bit warmer in Badlands National Park: highs are around 83°F and lows about 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Chicago

— 1 night

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 12th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Chicago Cultural Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Park, then admire the masterpieces at Richard H. Driehaus Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail, and then find something for the whole family at Fox in a Box Chicago.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip tool.

Fly from Badlands National Park to Chicago in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Chicago. Traveling from Badlands National Park in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 63°F in Chicago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Glacier National Park

— 2 nights

Crown of the Continent

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
On the 14th (Mon), appreciate the views at Logan Pass, then take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, and finally take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Glacier National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Chicago in June, with highs in Glacier National Park at 75°F and lows at 45°F. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 16th (Wed), take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, contemplate the long history of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, and then take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, then make a trip to Pipe Creek Vista, then take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and finally trek along South Kaibab Trail.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park road trip planner.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. While traveling from Glacier National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

United States travel guide

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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.