16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Crestline
Drive:  42​h 30​min
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  11​h 30​min
3
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  53​h
End: Crestline


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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt. Rushmore Black Hills Gold Factory Tour. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Berlin Wall Exhibit, do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars, take an in-depth tour of Pawnseum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Lost Cabin Beer Co., and finally get behind the scenes at Mt. Rushmore Black Hills Gold Factory Tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center, see the interesting displays at America's Founding Fathers Exhibit, and then examine the collection at Museum of Geology.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City trip itinerary planner.

Crestline to Rapid City is an approximately 8-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Crestline in October, plan for little chillier nights in Rapid City, with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Tours
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America's Founding Fathers Exhibit ©
America's Founding Fathers Exhibit
Museum of Geology ©
Museum of Geology
Berlin Wall Exhibit ©
Berlin Wall Exhibit

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Faithful Visitor Education Center and Biscuit Basin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yellowstone National Park: Yellowstone River (in West Yellowstone) and 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive (in Grand Teton National Park). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Beehive Geyser, gain insight at Yellowstone Institute, look for all kinds of wild species at Firehole Canyon Drive, and take a memorable drive along Grand Loop Road.

Before you visit Yellowstone National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Rapid City to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rapid City in October: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 47°F and lows are around 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Yellowstone River, 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive
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Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River
Beehive Geyser ©
Beehive Geyser
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin

1
night
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): trek along Temple of Sinawava Trail, view the masterpieces at Worthington Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at David J West Gallery, then trek along Zion Rock & Mountain Guides, and finally take in the exciting artwork at LaFave Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): trek along Riverside Walk and then explore the striking landscape of Court of the Patriarchs.

Start your trip to Zion National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Zion National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, plan for warmer days in Zion National Park, with highs around 74°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Springdale
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Zion Rock & Mountain Guides ©
Zion Rock & Mountain Guides
Temple of Sinawava Trail ©
Temple of Sinawava Trail
David J West Gallery ©
David J West Gallery

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get great views at Powell Point, get great views at Yaki Point, then take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point, and finally get great views at Navajo Point. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along East Rim Drive and then take in the views from Navajo Bridge.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park day trip app .

Explore your travel options from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Zion National Park in October, things will get little chillier in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 66°F and lows about 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites
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Lipan Point ©
Lipan Point
Yaki Point ©
Yaki Point
Powell Point ©
Powell Point

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