16 days in Rapid City & Jackson Hole Itinerary

16 days in Rapid City & Jackson Hole Itinerary

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16 days in Rapid City & Jackson Hole Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  7​h
1
Rapid City
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Jackson Hole
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

8
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Get in touch with nature at Horse Thief Lake and Yellow Mounds Overlook. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Black Hills Mining Museum and America's Founding Fathers Exhibit. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Badlands National Park (Bigfoot Pass Overlook, Big Badlands Overlook, & more), Wind Cave National Park (Rankin Ridge Nature Trail & Wind Cave National Park) and Custer (Stockade Lake, Needles Eye Tunnel, & more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Days of '76 Museum, explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, get your game on at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Geology.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Rapid City trip planner .

New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rapid City, with lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Deadwood, Badlands National Park, Custer, Keystone, Lead
Highlights from your plan
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf ©
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park

7
nights
Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole ©
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chapel of the Transfiguration and Chapel of the Sacred Heart. Step out of the city life by going to Cascade Canyon and Black Sand Basin. Get out of town with these interesting Jackson Hole side-trips: Dubois (Dubois Badlands, National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center, & more), Yellowstone National Park (Castle Geyser, Lewis Falls, & more) and Moose (John D Rockefeller Jr Memorial Parkway & Snake River Overlook). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Inspiration Point, examine the collection at Museum of the Mountain Man, explore the landscape on two wheels at Antelope Flats, and get a taste of the local shopping with Mangelsen Images of Nature.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Jackson Hole trip planner .

You can fly from Rapid City to Jackson Hole in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rapid City in July: high temperatures in Jackson Hole hover around 79°F and lows are around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Pinedale, Dubois
Highlights from your plan
Firehole Canyon Drive ©
Firehole Canyon Drive
Teton Raptor Center ©
Teton Raptor Center

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