38 days in Yellowstone National Park, Rapid City & Jackson Hole Itinerary

38 days in Yellowstone National Park, Rapid City & Jackson Hole Itinerary

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Yellowstone National Park
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Rapid City
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Jackson Hole
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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Uncle Tom's Trail and S Rim Trail. Visiting Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Old Faithful will get you outdoors. Take a break from Yellowstone National Park with a short trip to John D Rockefeller Jr Memorial Parkway in Moose, about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Loop Road, cruise along Firehole Canyon Drive, and take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Erie to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Erie in August: highs in Yellowstone National Park hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Old Faithful
4.5
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Must see
Lamar Valley
4.8

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Visiting Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Devils Tower National Monument will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Badlands National Park (in Interior), Tower Trail (in Devils Tower) and Custer (Black Hills National Forest, Sylvan Lake, &more). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, explore the striking landscape of Homestead Overlook, and take an unforgettable tour with Black Hills Helicopters.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City day trip site.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Rapid City by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, with highs in Rapid City at 75°F and lows at 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Wildlife Area
Bear Country USA
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Geologic Formation
Devils Tower National Monument
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Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole ©
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to Grand Teton and Barker-Ewing Whitewater. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jackson Hole: Grand Teton National Park (Taggart Lake, Cascade Canyon Trail, &more) and Moose (Snake River Overlook, Blacktail Ponds Overlook, &more). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on Ana's Grand Excursions, admire the natural beauty at Vertical Harvest, explore the activities along Jenny Lake, and take in the views from Snake River Bridge.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Jackson Hole trip planner.

Fly from Rapid City to Jackson Hole in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rapid City in September; daily highs in Jackson Hole reach 68°F and lows reach 38°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Grand Teton
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River Rafting / Tubing
Barker-Ewing Whitewater
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