10 days in Seattle, Glacier National Park & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

10 days in Seattle, Glacier National Park & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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10 days in Seattle, Glacier National Park & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Start: Asheville
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Asheville

3
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: shop like a local with Chihuly Garden and Glass, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, wander the streets of Pike Place Market, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seattle Aquarium.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle day trip planning site .

Asheville to Seattle is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Asheville to Seattle. Traveling from Asheville in July, expect Seattle to be little chillier, temps between 79°F and 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Tours Shopping
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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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, trails, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, and trek along Iceberg Lake Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Glacier National Park online journey builder .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Seattle to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Seattle to Glacier National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in July, expect nights in Glacier National Park to be little chillier, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 85°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Custer (Sylvan Lake, Needles Eye Tunnel, & more), Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone) and Badlands National Park (Yellow Mounds Overlook & Loop Road). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills and do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rapid City online attractions planner .

Getting from Glacier National Park to Rapid City by combination of taxi and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, train, bus, and shuttle. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Glacier National Park in July since evenings lows in Rapid City dip to 62°F. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

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