11 days in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park & Rapid City Itinerary

11 days in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park & Rapid City Itinerary

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11 days in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park & Rapid City Itinerary

Start: Rapid City
Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Rapid City
— 3 nights
End: Rapid City

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, explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trout Lake Trail, and hike along Artist Point.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Yellowstone National Park trip simple and quick.

Rapid City to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. While traveling from Rapid City, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

2
nights
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Teton. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Cascade Canyon Trail, then trek along Jenny Lake Trail, and then cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park travel website .

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, expect nights in Grand Teton National Park to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Jenny Lake Trail ©
Jenny Lake Trail

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Breezy Point Picnic Area), Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Needles Eye Tunnel, & more) and Badlands National Park (Loop Road & Badlands Wall). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Reptile Gardens, learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars, don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Park, and stop by Christmas Village Store.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Grand Teton National Park to Rapid City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in August since evenings lows in Rapid City dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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