17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Drive:  30​h
1
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12​h
5
Black Mountain
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Johannesburg

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.
On the 16th (Thu), hike along Notch Trail and then trek along Door Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and then identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park tour itinerary maker app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Badlands National Park is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
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Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and then get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Historic Old Town, then get engrossed in the history at Adams House, then engage your brain at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, and finally try your luck at Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Deadwood driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Deadwood in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Deadwood sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Spearfish, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
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Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Adams House ©
Adams House

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Step off the beaten path and head to Prairie Berry Winery and Horseback Riding Tours. Step out of Rapid City with an excursion to Black Hills National Forest in Custer--about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel in the Hills, get engrossed in the history at Pawnseum, learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, and view the masterpieces at Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rapid City travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Deadwood 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 Deadwood to Rapid City. Traveling from Deadwood in August, expect nights in Rapid City to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Theme Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Prairie Berry Winery
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Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Prairie Berry Winery ©
Prairie Berry Winery

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Fountain Paint Pot and Old Faithful Visitor Education Center. Step out of the city life by going to Jenny Lake and West Thumb Geyser Basin. Step out of Yellowstone National Park to go to Grand Teton National Park and see Jenny Lake Trail, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park journey builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Rapid City to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rapid City in August: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 25°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Black Mountain.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Jenny Lake Trail, Jenny Lake
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West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Midway Geyser Basin ©
Midway Geyser Basin
Fountain Paint Pot ©
Fountain Paint Pot

3
nights
Black Mountain

Black Mountain ©
Black Mountain is a town in Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sliding Rock and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings. Visiting Looking Glass Falls and Mount Mitchell State Park will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site (in Flat Rock) and Hendersonville (Mast Store & Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards).

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Black Mountain trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yellowstone National Park to Black Mountain. The time zone difference when traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Black Mountain is 2 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, you will find days in Black Mountain are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are warmer (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Black Mountain

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pisgah Forest, Hendersonville, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Mount Mitchell State Park, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
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Looking Glass Falls ©
Looking Glass Falls
Mount Mitchell State Park ©
Mount Mitchell State Park
Sliding Rock ©
Sliding Rock

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