18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
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Pittsburgh
— Few hours
Drive:  25​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Devils Tower
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​h
End: Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh
Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Pittsburgh travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Pittsburgh. June in Pittsburgh sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 62°F at night. You will leave for Badlands National Park on the 21st (Sun).

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks Museums Outdoors

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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.
Get outdoors at Loop Road and Badlands National Park. Take a break from Badlands National Park with a short trip to South Dakota's Original 1880 Town in Murdo, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, and stroll through Notch Trail.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Badlands National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Pittsburgh to Badlands National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Pittsburgh to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Badlands National Park when traveling from Pittsburgh in June, with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

South Dakota's Original 1880 Town, Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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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 Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Big Thunder Gold Mine will thrill your kids. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Wildlife Loop Road. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Custer (Sylvan Lake, Needles Eye Tunnel, & more). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens and admire the striking features of Chapel in the Hills.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rapid City trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Badlands National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

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Devils Tower

Devils Tower ©
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Wind Circles, then examine the collection at Crook County Museum, then steep yourself in history at Vore Buffalo Jump, and finally explore the world behind art at Rogue's Gallery.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Devils Tower trip planner .

You can drive from Rapid City to Devils Tower in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Rapid City in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Devils Tower, with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rogue's Gallery, Crook County Museum, Vore Buffalo Jump
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Rogue's Gallery ©
Rogue's Gallery
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Vore Buffalo Jump
Vore Buffalo Jump

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Lamar Valley. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge Trail, identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road, and explore the stunning scenery at S Rim Trail.

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

Getting from Devils Tower to Yellowstone National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Devils Tower in June, expect Yellowstone National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 66°F and 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley

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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Visit Chapel of the Transfiguration and Chapel of the Sacred Heart for their historical value. Get outdoors at Grand Teton and Inspiration Point. There's much more to do: trek along Cascade Canyon Trail, take a memorable drive along Signal Mountain Summit Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier View Turnout, and stroll through Jenny Lake Trail.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Grand Teton National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Cascade Canyon Trail ©
Cascade Canyon Trail
Jenny Lake Trail ©
Jenny Lake Trail

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