11 days in South Dakota & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

11 days in South Dakota & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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11 days in South Dakota & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly + taxi:  8​h
1
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Indianapolis

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore and take pictures at Loop Road.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park holiday builder website .

Indianapolis to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Badlands National Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Indianapolis in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Badlands National Park, with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

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Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kids will enjoy Bear Country USA and Black Hills National Forest. Get in touch with nature at Custer State Park and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Presidential Trail (in Keystone), Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Wildlife Loop Road, & more) and Insideout (in Hill City).

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rapid City trip tool .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in June, expect nights in Rapid City to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are little chillier, around 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

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Custer, Keystone, Insideout
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like S Rim Trail and Lone Star Geyser. Get in touch with nature at Grand Loop Road and Upper Geyser Basin. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Gibbon Falls, and take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Rapid City to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Rapid City in June, expect nights in Yellowstone National Park to be colder, around 34°F, while days are slightly colder, around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

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Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

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