12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Kalispell
Drive:  45​min
1
Columbia Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Teton Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
5
Rapid City
— 3 nights
End: Rapid City

1
night
Columbia Falls

Columbia Falls
Columbia Falls might serve as the gateway to Glacier National Park, but it's much more than just a place to lay your head.
To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Columbia Falls travel itinerary planner.

Kalispell to Columbia Falls is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 39°F. You will leave for Glacier National Park on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Columbia Falls

Outdoors Parks Tours

2
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
You've now added Lake McDonald to your itinerary. On the 6th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): trek along Avalanche Lake and then explore the activities along Lake McDonald.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Glacier National Park holiday planner.

You can drive from Columbia Falls to Glacier National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in September, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Avalanche Lake ©
Avalanche Lake
Lake McDonald ©
Lake McDonald

2
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.
You've added Upper Geyser Basin, Hayden Valley, Yellowstone Lake, and other attractions to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to S Rim Trail and Artist Point.

For where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park vacation trip planner.

Drive from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Glacier National Park in September, things will get slightly colder in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 62°F and lows about 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Teton Village.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Mammoth Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Hot Springs

3
nights
Teton Village

Teton Village
Teton Village is a census-designated place (CDP) in Teton County, Wyoming, United States. To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Teton Village itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Teton Village takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Teton Village, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 35°F. You'll set off for Rapid City on the 13th (Wed).

Things to do in Teton Village

Outdoors Parks Tours

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.
On the 14th (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Teton Village to Rapid City with the Route module. Traveling from Teton Village in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Rapid City: highs are around 77°F and lows about 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Moriah Cemetery, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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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