16 days in Yellowstone National Park, Cody & South Dakota Itinerary

16 days in Yellowstone National Park, Cody & South Dakota Itinerary

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Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
2
Cody
— 2 nights
3
Rapid City
— 4 nights
4
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights

6
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.
Bring the kids along to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Yellowstone Lake. Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, explore the stunning scenery at S Rim Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Cistern Spring, and trek along Purple Mountain Trail.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park road trip tool.

Bishop to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Bishop to Yellowstone National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Bishop in July; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cody.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

2
nights
Cody

Cody ©
A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): stop by Cowtown Candy Company, thensee the interesting displays at Cody Firearms Museum, thentake an in-depth tour of Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and finally see the interesting displays at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Old Trail Town and then see human ingenuity at work at Buffalo Bill Dam.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cody trip planner.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Cody in 2.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July: high temperatures in Cody hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Cody

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Buffalo Bill Center of the West ©
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Cody Firearms Museum ©
Cody Firearms Museum
Cody Dug Up Gun Museum ©
Cody Dug Up Gun Museum

4
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Family-friendly places like Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Sylvan Lake will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium (in Keystone) and Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Needles Eye Tunnel, &more). Pack the 22nd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, shop like a local with Suzie Cappa Art Center, meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, and find something for the whole family at Storybook Island.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rapid City trip maker app.

You can fly from Cody to Rapid City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Keystone, Custer
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Conata Basin Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, explore and take pictures at Loop Road, thentake a memorable drive along Sheep Mountain Table Road, thenexplore the wealth of natural beauty at Panorama Point Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape at Burns Basin Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): hike along Notch Trail, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Badlands National Park vacation maker tool.

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Rapid City in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

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