11 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Jackson Hole & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

11 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Jackson Hole & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Badlands National Park
— 1 day
Drive
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Jackson Hole
— 4 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
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Badlands National Park

— 1 day
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
On the 5th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, cruise along Loop Road, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary builder.

Indianapolis to Badlands National Park is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Indianapolis in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Badlands National Park, with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Rapid City

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

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 6th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, and finally cruise along Wildlife Loop Road. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, then explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road, and then take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rapid City journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rapid City, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Jackson Hole

— 4 nights
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yellowstone National Park (Blue Star Spring, Old Faithful, &more) and Grand Teton (in Grand Teton National Park). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Thal Glass Studio.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Jackson Hole online holiday builder.

Fly from Rapid City to Jackson Hole in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. In June, Jackson Hole is little chillier than Rapid City - with highs of 72°F and lows of 39°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 4 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 13th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Grandview Point, hike along Rim Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park itinerary planner.

You can drive from Jackson Hole to Grand Canyon National Park in 13 hours. When traveling from Jackson Hole in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature