12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 1 day
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Rapid City
— 3 nights
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Athol
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
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Fargo
— 1 night

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then take a memorable drive along Loop Road, then make a trip to Pinnacles Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park driving holiday planner.

Chicago to Badlands National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Badlands National Park when traveling from Chicago in August, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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Must see
Loop Road
4.9
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Geologic Formation
Badlands Wall
4.9
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Geologic Formation
Yellow Mounds Overlook
4.9

3
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Rapid City

Rapid City ©

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Attractions like Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Reptile Gardens make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Sylvan Lake (in Custer), Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse) and Keystone (Black Hills Helicopters & Breezy Point Picnic Area). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, get in on the family fun at Storybook Island, shop like a local with Suzie Cappa Art Center, and visit Downtown Rapid City.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City trip website.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Athol.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Theme Parks

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Wildlife Area
Bear Country USA
4.4

2
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Athol

Athol ©
Athol is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Silverwood Theme Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Athol online trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rapid City to Athol. The time zone difference when traveling from Rapid City to Athol is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rapid City in August since evenings lows in Athol dip to 55°F. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Athol

Theme Parks · Nature · Parks
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State Park
Farragut State Park
4.6

5
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Hayden Valley. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, identify plant and animal life at Lamar Valley, take in the dramatic scenery at Tower Fall, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Athol to Yellowstone National Park. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Athol in August; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 70°F and lows reach 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fargo.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Must see
Old Faithful
4.5

1
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Fargo

Fargo ©
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. On the 4th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, identify plant and animal life at Bluestem Prairie Preserve, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church, and finally play a few rounds at Edgewood Golf.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Fargo trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Yellowstone National Park to Fargo in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September: high temperatures in Fargo hover around 74°F and lows are around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fargo

Golf · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

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