22 days in South Dakota, Yellowstone National Park & Wisconsin Dells Itinerary

22 days in South Dakota, Yellowstone National Park & Wisconsin Dells Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Rapid City
— 5 nights
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 8 nights
Fly
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Wisconsin Dells
— 6 nights
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Badlands National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Loop Road and Big Badlands Overlook. Spend the 13th (Wed) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall and explore the striking landscape of Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip planner.

Winnipeg, Canada to Badlands National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Winnipeg in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Rapid City

— 5 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Bring the kids along to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Custer State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse) and Sylvan Lake (in Custer). Pack the 15th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. The adventure continues: stroll through Bear Country USA, get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine, and head outdoors with Main Street Square.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip planner.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in July: highs in Rapid City hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park

— 8 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Family-friendly places like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Horseback Riding Tours will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, stroll through Trout Lake Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washburn, and identify plant and animal life at Lamar Valley.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park online journey builder.

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Yellowstone National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Rapid City in July, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are colder (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Wisconsin Dells

— 6 nights

Waterpark Capital of the World

Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
Kids will enjoy Zipline and Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Spring Green (The House on the Rock & Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center ) and EAA Aviation Museum (in Oshkosh). There's much more to do: make a splash at Noah's Ark Water Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Timbavati Wildlife Park, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and tee off at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Wisconsin Dells road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Wisconsin Dells takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Wisconsin Dells. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, things will get a bit warmer in Wisconsin Dells: highs are around 31°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.