11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  7​h
1
Rapid City
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Billings
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Bismarck
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Missoula
— 3 nights
Fly + Foot:  9​h
End: New York City

1
night
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
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 10th (Sat): wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

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New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, Rapid City is slightly colder at night with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Custer, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, trails, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, stroll through Artist Point, and identify plant and animal life at Hayden Valley.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary website .

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. While traveling from Rapid City, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Billings.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

1
night
Billings

Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Pompeys Pillar National Monument, get outside with Outlaw Canyon Adventures, LLC, then see the interesting displays at Moss Mansion, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Billings trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Billings takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August: high temperatures in Billings hover around 85°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Billings

Outdoors Nature Tours

Side Trip

Pompeys Pillar National Monument
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Horseback Riding Tours
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion
Pompeys Pillar National Monument ©
Pompeys Pillar National Monument

1
night
Bismarck

Bismarck ©
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): let little ones run wild at Universal Playground/ Eagles Park and then get engrossed in the history at North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bismarck journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Billings to Bismarck takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Billings to Bismarck is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Bismarck can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bismarck

Fun & Games Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Universal Playground/ Eagles Park
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. On the 18th (Sun), take in the history at St. Ignatius Mission, identify plant and animal life at National Bison Range, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center. On your second day here, see a world frozen in time at Garnet Ghost Town, then explore and take pictures at University of Montana, then find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula, and finally stop by Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Missoula day trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Bismarck to Missoula with the Route module. Traveling from Bismarck to Missoula, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Bismarck in August since evenings lows in Missoula dip to 51°F. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Missoula

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Ignatius Mission, National Bison Range
Highlights from your plan
National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
A Carousel for Missoula ©
A Carousel for Missoula

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