12 days in Yellowstone National Park, Badlands National Park & Seattle Itinerary

12 days in Yellowstone National Park, Badlands National Park & Seattle Itinerary

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12 days in Yellowstone National Park, Badlands National Park & Seattle Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Drive:  5​h
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  8​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
3
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Firehole Canyon Drive and Hayden Valley. Popular historic sites such as S Rim Trail and Uncle Tom's Trail are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake, and get great views at Observation Point Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park tour builder .

Minneapolis to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Yellowstone National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are slightly colder (73°F), and nights are cooler (40°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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S Rim Trail ©
S Rim Trail
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley

2
nights
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.
Plan a trip to Badlands National Park easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can do a combination of car, flight, bus, and taxi from Yellowstone National Park to Badlands National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Badlands National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Scenic Drive Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Wall Drug
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

3
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Family-friendly places like Pike Place Market and Seattle Aquarium will thrill your kids. Shop till you drop at Elliott Bay Book Company and Pioneer Square. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Space Needle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Waterfall Garden Park, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Woodland Park Zoo.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Seattle trip builder site .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Badlands National Park to Seattle in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Seattle, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass

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