10 days in South Dakota, Yellowstone National Park & New Mexico Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota, Yellowstone National Park & New Mexico Itinerary

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10 days in South Dakota, Yellowstone National Park & New Mexico Itinerary

Chicago
Drive:  15​h 15​min
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  16​h 45​min
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive:  21​h 15​min
Chicago

2
days
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Custer travel planning site .

Chicago to Custer is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Custer due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chicago in June: high temperatures in Custer hover around 71°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Custer

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Windcross Conservancy, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Artist Point, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail. On your second day here, witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and finally take some stellar pictures from Observation Point Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip app .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Custer to Yellowstone National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Custer in July, expect Yellowstone National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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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
day
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
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You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Santa Fe in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, things will get a bit warmer in Santa Fe: highs are around 88°F and lows about 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Outdoors
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

1
day
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Museums
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Balloon Rides

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