11 days in California Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park & Badlands National Park Itinerary

11 days in California Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park & Badlands National Park Itinerary

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11 days in California Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park & Badlands National Park Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
California Hot Springs
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  14​h
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Taxi:  6​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Chicago

1
night
California Hot Springs

California Hot Springs ©
On the 9th (Tue), mingle with the ghosts of the past at Silver City Ghost Town and then hike along Trail of 100 Giants. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Kern River and then don't miss a visit to California Hot Springs Resort.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read California Hot Springs vacation planner .

Chicago to California Hot Springs is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to California Hot Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in June, expect nights in California Hot Springs to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 95°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in California Hot Springs

Parks Trails Historic Sites

Side Trips

Silver City Ghost Town, Kern River, Trail of 100 Giants
Highlights from your plan
Kern River ©
Kern River
Silver City Ghost Town ©
Silver City Ghost Town
California Hot Springs Resort ©
California Hot Springs Resort

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Uncle Tom's Trail and S Rim Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Mammoth Hot Springs. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, explore the striking landscape at Golden Gate Canyon, look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Butte Overlook.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from California Hot Springs to Yellowstone National Park with the Route module. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from California Hot Springs in June, things will get much colder in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 66°F and lows about 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

2
nights
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
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.
Visiting Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Badlands National Park will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and stroll through Notch Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and taxi from Yellowstone National Park to Badlands National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. In June, Badlands National Park is a bit warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 83°F and lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

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