11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Billings
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Victor
— 1 night
Drive
5
Jackson
— 2 nights
Bus to Jackson, Fly to Birmingham

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Rapid City

— 3 nights

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 4th (Mon): take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel in the Hills.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City visit website.

Birmingham to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Birmingham to Rapid City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Birmingham in October, with highs in Rapid City at 62°F and lows at 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Billings.

Things to do in Rapid City

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Trails

Side Trips

Billings

— 2 nights
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. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): examine the collection at Moss Mansion, admire the majestic nature at Pictograph Cave State Park, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness the site of a historic battle at Custer Battlefield Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Yellowstone Art Museum, and then explore the striking landscape at The Rimrocks.

To see reviews and more tourist information, read our Billings vacation planning tool.

Getting from Rapid City to Billings by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Billings are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Billings

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 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 9th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of S Rim Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Blue Star Spring, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park journey planning tool.

Traveling by car from Billings to Yellowstone National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, Yellowstone National Park is slightly colder than Billings - with highs of 47°F and lows of 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Victor.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Victor

— 1 night
Victor is the largest city in Teton County, Idaho, United States. On the 11th (Mon), take a memorable drive along Teton Park Road, then hike along Jenny Lake Trail, and then trek along Cascade Canyon Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Grand Targhee Ski Resort.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Victor vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Victor in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October; daily highs in Victor reach 54°F and lows reach 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Jackson.

Things to do in Victor

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Jackson

— 2 nights

Last of the Old West

The town of Jackson serves as a base for trips to the nearby Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, National Elk Refuge, and several ski resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Mormon Row Historic District and then catch a live event at Jackson Hole Rodeo.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Jackson holiday builder.

You can drive from Victor to Jackson in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 28°F. On the 14th (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Jackson

Historic Sites

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

Montana travel guide

4.8
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.