17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Chicago
Fly:  5​h
Cody
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Moose
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Snowmass Village
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Rapid City
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
Duluth
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Chicago

1
day
Cody

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.
On the 25th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum and then see the interesting displays at Cody Firearms Museum.

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Chicago to Cody is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Cody due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Chicago in August since evenings lows in Cody dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

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Buffalo Bill Dam
Old Trail Town

3
days
Yellowstone National Park

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Visiting Dragon's Mouth Springs and West Thumb Geyser Basin will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Uncle Tom's Trail and Mud Volcano. There's more to do: take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin and don't miss a visit to Roosevelt Arch.

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Getting from Cody to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Cody in August, expect Yellowstone National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 71°F and 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Moose.

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Mud Volcano
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Uncle Tom's Trail

2
days
Moose

Moose is an unincorporated community in Teton County, Wyoming, United States, in the Jackson Hole valley. On the 30th (Wed), explore the activities along Jenny Lake, then hike along Jenny Lake Trail, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Transfiguration. Keep things going the next day: grab your bike and head to Antelope Flats, then steep yourself in history at Mormon Row Historic District, and then stroll through Oxbow Bend.

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Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Moose in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, you will find days in Moose are a bit warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Snowmass Village.

Things to do in Moose

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Jackson, Moran, Grand Teton National Park
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Oxbow Bend
Laurance Rockefeller Preserve
Chapel of the Transfiguration

2
days
Snowmass Village

Snowmass Village is a Home Rule Municipality in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains and then explore the activities along Hanging Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Snowmass Village travel itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Moose to Snowmass Village. September in Snowmass Village sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 40°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Mon) before leaving for Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Snowmass Village

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Glenwood Springs, Rocky Mountains
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Horseback Riding Tours
Anderson Ranch Arts Center

1
day
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.
On the 5th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Notch Trail, and then take an in-depth tour of Wounded Knee: The Museum.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Snowmass Village to Badlands National Park. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Wounded Knee: The Museum
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Wounded Knee: The Museum

1
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Rapid City

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 6th (Wed), learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, then find something for the whole family at Storybook Island, and then admire the striking features of Chapel In the Hills.

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Getting from Badlands National Park to Rapid City by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Rapid City are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Duluth.

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Storybook Island
Chapel In the Hills
South Dakota Air and Space Museum

3
days
Duluth

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Step off the beaten path and head to Split Rock Lighthouse State Park and Split Rock Lighthouse. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk, see the interesting displays at Lake Superior Maritime Center, stroll through Park Point, and admire the natural beauty at Leif Erickson Park & Rose Garden.

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Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Duluth takes 5 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 Duluth. When traveling from Rapid City in September, plan for slightly colder days in Duluth, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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Two Harbors
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Park Point
Split Rock Lighthouse
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

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