14 days in South Dakota, Yellowstone National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

14 days in South Dakota, Yellowstone National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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Start: Boston
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  8 h 30 min
1
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Custer
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Drive:  6 h 45 min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  12 h 15 min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Boston

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica, meet the residents at Butterfly House & Aquarium, then learn more about the world around you at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, and finally trek along SculptureWalk & The Arc of Dreams Sioux Falls.

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Boston to Sioux Falls is an approximately 8.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Sioux Falls is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sioux Falls when traveling from Boston in August, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Wall.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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SculptureWalk & The Arc of Dreams Sioux Falls ©
Butterfly House & Aquarium ©
Butterfly House & Aquarium

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, then take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Notch Trail, and finally hike along Door Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Wall sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Wall takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Sioux Falls, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Wall, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site ©
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Adams House, then go deep underground at Broken Boot Gold Mine, then admire all the interesting features of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and finally take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Deadwood online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Wall to Deadwood by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Wall to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Wall in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Deadwood: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Spearfish
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Broken Boot Gold Mine ©
Broken Boot Gold Mine
D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery ©
D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery
Adams House ©
Adams House

2
nights
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 5th (Wed): hike along Elk Mountain Nature Trail, explore the fascinating underground world of Wind Cave National Park, then take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Elk Peak, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and then pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Custer trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Custer takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Deadwood in August, Custer is slightly colder at night with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Horseback Riding Tours
Black Elk Peak ©
Black Elk Peak

4
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Midway Geyser Basin and Fountain Paint Pot. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Biscuit Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gibbon Falls, and take in breathtaking views at S Rim Trail.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park travel planning tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Custer to Yellowstone National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In August, Yellowstone National Park is little chillier than Custer - with highs of 70°F and lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Uncle Tom's Trail ©
Uncle Tom's Trail
Midway Geyser Basin ©
Midway Geyser Basin
Biscuit Basin ©
Biscuit Basin

4
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at East Rim Drive and Hermit Trail. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Moran Point, steep yourself in history at Grand Canyon Railway Depot, get great views at Lookout Studio, and cruise along Hermit Road.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car, shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 80°F and 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Hermit Trail
Highlights from your plan
Hermit Trail ©
Hermit Trail
East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

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