11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip maker

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Rapid City
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Billings
— 1 night
Fly
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Bismarck
— 1 night
Drive
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Missoula
— 3 nights
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Rapid City

— 1 night

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rapid City trip itinerary planner.

New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in August since evenings lows in Rapid City dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley, take in breathtaking views at S Rim Trail, and explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Rapid City to Yellowstone National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Rapid City in August, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are cooler (38°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Billings

— 1 night
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): pause for some photo ops at Pompeys Pillar National Monument, get outside with Outlaw Canyon Adventures, LLC, then examine the collection at Moss Mansion, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Billings online trip maker.

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 · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Bismarck

— 1 night
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. On the 17th (Sat), have fun at Universal Playground/ Eagles Park and then stop by North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bismarck road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Billings to Bismarck takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Billings to Bismarck is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Bismarck are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Missoula.

Things to do in Bismarck

Shopping · Fun & Games · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Missoula

— 3 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the architecture and history at St. Ignatius Mission, then 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): see a world frozen in time at Garnet Ghost Town, then gain insight at University of Montana, then find something for the whole family at A Carousel for Missoula, and finally look for gifts at Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Missoula travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Bismarck to Missoula takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bismarck to Missoula due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bismarck in August, plan for little chillier nights in Missoula, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Missoula

Wildlife · Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.