13 days in Badlands National Park, Rapid City & Western US Itinerary

13 days in Badlands National Park, Rapid City & Western US Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Devils Tower
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights

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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.
To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park holiday builder tool.

Chicago to Badlands National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in June, Badlands National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip
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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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, then stop by Alex Johnson Mercantile, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and then take an unforgettable tour with Black Hills Helicopters.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rapid City holiday planner.

Drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Badlands National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Wildlife Area
Bear Country USA
4.4
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Water Body
Sylvan Lake
4.8
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Geologic Formation
Needles Eye Tunnel
4.9

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Devils Tower

Devils Tower ©
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Tower National Monument, then go for a walk through Tower Trail, and then stop by Devils Tower Trading Post. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Rogue's Gallery and then examine the collection at Crook County Museum.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Devils Tower tour planner.

Getting from Rapid City to Devils Tower by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Rapid City in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 52°F in Devils Tower. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Specialty Museum
Crook County Museum
4.5
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Geologic Formation
Devils Tower National Monument
4.8
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Art Museum
Rogue's Gallery
4.9

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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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley, and contemplate the geological forces at Mud Volcano.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Devils Tower to Yellowstone National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Devils Tower in June, things will get little chillier in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 66°F and lows about 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Old Faithful
4.5

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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©

Mountains of the Imagination

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Teton. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Sacred Heart, then take a memorable drive along Signal Mountain Summit Road, then take in the dramatic natural features at Inspiration Point, and finally hike along Jenny Lake Trail.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Teton National Park holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, you will find days in Grand Teton National Park are somewhat warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). On the 14th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Grand Teton
4.9
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Hiking Trail
Jenny Lake Trail
4.8

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