15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC
1
Washington DC
— 1 night
Subway + Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 15 min
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  8 h 15 min
4
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Drive:  7 h 45 min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
+4
Drive + Fly + Foot + Bus + Drive:  10 h 15 min
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6 h 15 min
7
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Fly + Subway:  6 h 45 min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and finally browse the collection at Library of Congress. On the next day, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial, then pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial, and finally ponder the world of politics at White House.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC vacation planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Washington DC. In June, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History ©
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then walk around Millennium Park, and finally take in the waterfront at Navy Pier. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, then get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of subway and flight from Washington DC to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, Chicago is a bit cooler than Washington DC - with highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium
Navy Pier ©
Navy Pier

2
nights
Badlands National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park, explore and take pictures at Loop Road, and then explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, and then explore the striking landscape of White River Valley Overlook.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Chicago to Badlands National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be little chillier, around 60°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 91°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

3
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and trek along Iceberg Lake Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Badlands National Park to Glacier National Park in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, train, and car. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Badlands National Park in July, with highs in Glacier National Park at 85°F and lows at 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park ©
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

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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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, and take a memorable drive along Grand Loop Road.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Glacier National Park in July, expect Yellowstone National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 39°F. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 91°F and lows are around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Art at the Main Gallery and then take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Salt Lake City tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Rocky Mountain National Park to Salt Lake City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Salt Lake City, with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Nature Parks Museums
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Art at the Main Gallery ©
Art at the Main Gallery

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