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

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

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Custer
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Yellowstone National Park
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
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Custer

— 3 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Breezy Point Picnic Area. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Rushmore Tramway Adventures.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Custer trip builder site.

Minneapolis to Custer is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Custer, with lows of 53°F. You will leave for Yellowstone National Park on the 13th (Tue).

Things to do in Custer

Theme Parks · Nature · Parks

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Yellowstone National Park

— 3 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washburn. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, get outside with Morning Glory Pool, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and finally stroll through Observation Point Trail.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Custer to Yellowstone National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Custer in July; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 73°F and lows reach 39°F. On the 16th (Fri), you'll travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Glacier National Park

— 3 nights

Crown of the Continent

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, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Falls, and stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Glacier National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, expect Glacier National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 85°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails