15 days in Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park & South Dakota Itinerary

15 days in Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park & South Dakota Itinerary

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15 days in Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park & South Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  8​h 45​min
2
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
+4
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus + taxi:  7​h
3
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Yellowstone Lake and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Take a break from Yellowstone National Park with a short trip to Oxbow Bend Turnout, Grand Teton National Park in Grand Teton National Park, about 1h 15 min away. It doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful and trek along Artist Point.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park sightseeing tool .

New York City to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Yellowstone National Park. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Yellowstone National Park, with highs around 66°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

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
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. Mary Lake and Hidden Lake. Escape the urban bustle at Trail of the Cedars and Highline Trail. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Avalanche Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, and trek along Iceberg Lake Trail.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park road trip app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June; daily highs in Glacier National Park reach 72°F and lows reach 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Hidden Lake
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Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Avalanche Lake ©
Avalanche Lake
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

3
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.
On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Door Trail.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Glacier National Park to Badlands National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Glacier National Park to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Philip
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Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): examine the collection at Founding Fathers Black Hills, take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, and then explore and take pictures at Big Thunder Gold Mine. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Adams House Museum, then take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel In the Hills.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Rapid City vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Rapid City. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in June, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

#Outdoors, #Scenic Drive, #Museums

Side Trips

Big Thunder Gold Mine, Needles Highway, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, Adams House
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South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Adams House ©
Adams House
Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills

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