10 days in Rapid City & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

10 days in Rapid City & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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10 days in Rapid City & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Drive:  19​h
1
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  23​h 45​min
End: Dallas

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone), Badlands National Park (Panorama Point Overlook & Loop Road) and Custer (Custer State Park, Sylvan Lake, & more). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center, meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, and explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City route planner .

Dallas to Rapid City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Dallas, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Rapid City, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 45°F. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Badlands National Park, Keystone
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA

4
nights
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, trails, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, take in the dramatic scenery at Kepler Cascades, take in the dramatic natural features at Terrace Spring, and trek along Artist Point.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Rapid City to Yellowstone National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rapid City in May; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 53°F and lows reach 27°F. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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