11 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Grand Teton National Park & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

11 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Grand Teton National Park & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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11 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Grand Teton National Park & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Keystone
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
End: Cincinnati

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Sage Creek Wilderness Area and then explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Wall tour itinerary planner .

Cincinnati to Wall is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cincinnati to Wall. Traveling from Cincinnati in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 54°F in Wall. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bigfoot Pass Overlook ©
Bigfoot Pass Overlook
Sage Creek Wilderness Area ©
Sage Creek Wilderness Area
Delta-09 Missile Silo ©
Delta-09 Missile Silo

2
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Jon Crane Gallery & Custom Framing, get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, then putt your heart out at Holy Terror Mini Golf, then examine the collection at National Presidential Wax Museum, and finally look for gifts at Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Keystone Historical Museum, then get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area, and then explore the world behind art at Gutzon Borglum Historical Center.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Keystone online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Wall to Keystone takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Wall in June, things will get little chillier in Keystone: highs are around 73°F and lows about 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hill City
Highlights from your plan
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
National Presidential Wax Museum ©
Holy Terror Mini Golf ©
Holy Terror Mini Golf

2
nights
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the activities along Leigh Lake, explore the striking landscape of String Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Sacred Heart, and finally hike along Menor's Ferry Historical Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Elk Ranch Flats Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, admire the sheer force of Hidden Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Group, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Teton Point Turnout, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier View Turnout, and finally explore the activities along Snake River.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Teton National Park trip itinerary app .

Fly from Keystone to Grand Teton National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. Traveling from Keystone in June, Grand Teton National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
String Lake ©
String Lake
Chapel of the Sacred Heart ©
Chapel of the Sacred Heart
Leigh Lake ©
Leigh Lake

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to West Thumb Geyser Basin and Biscuit Basin. Step off the beaten path and head to Grand Loop Road and Artists’ Paintpots. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yellowstone National Park: West Yellowstone (Two Top & Fishing Charters & Tours). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Gibbon Falls, explore the stunning scenery at S Rim Trail, trek along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, and take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park itinerary builder .

Getting from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in June, expect Yellowstone National Park to be little chillier, temps between 66°F and 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

West Yellowstone
Highlights from your plan
S Rim Trail ©
S Rim Trail
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
Fishing Charters & Tours

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