11 days in Rapid City, Yellowstone National Park & Reno Itinerary

11 days in Rapid City, Yellowstone National Park & Reno Itinerary

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Rapid City
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Reno
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Rapid City

Rapid City ©

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at South Dakota Air and Space Museum and then make a trip to Dinosaur Park. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Alex Johnson Mercantile, then wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, then get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City trip itinerary planner.

Alexandria to Rapid City is an approximately 8.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Alexandria to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods
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Wildlife Area
Bear Country USA
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Neighborhood
Downtown Rapid City
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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©

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.
Kids will enjoy Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grand Teton. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Point, explore the striking landscape at Blue Star Spring, and hike along Observation Point Trail.

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Getting from Rapid City to Yellowstone National Park by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. When traveling from Rapid City in September, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Reno.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

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Hot Spring
Old Faithful
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Reno

Reno ©

Biggest Little City in the World

A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
On the 12th (Sat), grab your bike and head to Truckee River Bike Trail, kick your exploration up a notch at Tahoe Treetop Adventure Parks, and then stroll around Commons Beach Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at National Automobile Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Truckee River Walk, and then kick back and relax at Sand Harbor.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Reno holiday builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Reno takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, shuttle, taxi, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Reno. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, expect nights in Reno to be somewhat warmer, around 52°F, while days are warmer, around 83°F. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Reno

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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Beach
Sand Harbor
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Playground
Commons Beach Park
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