12 days in Keystone, Thermopolis & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

12 days in Keystone, Thermopolis & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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12 days in Keystone, Thermopolis & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Keystone
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Thermopolis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Rushmore Tramway Adventures and Big Thunder Gold Mine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Keystone: Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs), Custer (Custer State Park, Needles Eye Tunnel, & more) and Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse). It doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

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San Francisco to Keystone is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Francisco to Keystone, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Keystone when traveling from San Francisco in August, with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Thermopolis.

Things to do in Keystone

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Crazy Horse Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Rushmore Tramway Adventures ©
Rushmore Tramway Adventures
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine

1
night
Thermopolis

Thermopolis ©
Thermopolis is the largest town in, and the county seat of Hot Springs County, Wyoming, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of The Star Plunge and then take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): make a trip to Wind River Canyon, get to know the fascinating history of Legend Rock Petroglyph Site, and then get curious at Wyoming Dinosaur Center.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Thermopolis attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Keystone to Thermopolis takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Keystone, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Thermopolis, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Thermopolis

Parks Nature Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hot Springs State Park ©
Hot Springs State Park
Wyoming Dinosaur Center ©
Wyoming Dinosaur Center
Legend Rock Petroglyph Site ©
Legend Rock Petroglyph Site

6
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Lamar Valley and Mount Washburn. Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and identify plant and animal life at Lehardy's Rapids.

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Traveling by car from Thermopolis to Yellowstone National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from Thermopolis in August, plan for little chillier nights in Yellowstone National Park, with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

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

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