14 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Yellowstone National Park & Gatlinburg Itinerary

14 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Yellowstone National Park & Gatlinburg Itinerary

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14 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Yellowstone National Park & Gatlinburg Itinerary

Start: Flint
Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Custer
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
4
Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  9​h 15​min
End: Flint

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): browse the different shops at Wall Drug, take an in-depth tour of Delta-09 Missile Silo, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then cruise along Loop Road, then get great views at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and finally get great views at Pinnacles Overlook.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Wall trip maker website .

Flint to Wall is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Flint to Wall. Traveling from Flint in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Wall, with lows of 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Wall

#Parks, #Nature, #Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Delta-09 Missile Silo ©
Delta-09 Missile Silo

1
night
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, look for gifts at Custer County Candy Company, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road, then cruise along Iron Mountain Road, then look for gifts at Old Fashioned Fudge, and finally pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Custer tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Wall to Custer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Wall in October, you will find days in Custer are little chillier (57°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Custer

#Parks, #Nature, #Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Keystone
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Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

3
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.
Spend the 20th (Sat) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the striking landscape of Lake Butte Overlook, take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake.

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Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Custer to Yellowstone National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Custer in October, things will get slightly colder in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 47°F and lows about 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Yellowstone Lake ©
Yellowstone Lake

5
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gatlinburg: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Cades Cove, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, & more). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, find something for the whole family at Dollywood, meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Gatlinburg trip planner .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Yellowstone National Park to Gatlinburg in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October: high temperatures in Gatlinburg hover around 74°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood
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Dollywood ©
Dollywood
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company

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