10 days in Yellowstone National Park, South Dakota & Ishpeming Itinerary

10 days in Yellowstone National Park, South Dakota & Ishpeming Itinerary

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10 days in Yellowstone National Park, South Dakota & Ishpeming Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
2
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
3
Ishpeming
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Old Faithful and Artist Point. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like S Rim Trail and Lone Star Geyser. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, take in the dramatic natural features at Artists’ Paintpots, admire the sheer force of Mystic Falls Trail, and explore the striking landscape of Gibbon Falls.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park road trip app .

New York City to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Yellowstone National Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in August, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are little chillier (70°F), and nights are cooler (38°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Norris Geyser Basin ©
Norris Geyser Basin
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at Cosmos Mystery Area, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rapid City trip planning tool .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Rapid City by combination of car and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Rapid City, with highs around 83°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ishpeming.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

2
nights
Ishpeming

Ishpeming ©
Ishpeming is a city in Marquette County in the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 12th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, kick back and relax at Sand Point Beach, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Blackrocks Brewery. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, stroll around Presque Isle Park, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Cognition Brewing Company.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Ishpeming online trip maker .

Explore your travel options from Rapid City to Ishpeming with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Rapid City to Ishpeming is 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rapid City in August; daily highs in Ishpeming reach 73°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishpeming

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Marquette, Munising
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Cognition Brewing Company ©
Cognition Brewing Company
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

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