5 days in Rapid City & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

5 days in Rapid City & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday maker

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

5 days in Rapid City & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: Eden Prairie
Fly:  4​h
1
Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 45​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Eden Prairie

1
night
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, explore and take pictures at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then hike along Presidential Trail. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Suzie Cappa Art Center, look for gifts at Alex Johnson Mercantile, and then stroll through Reptile Gardens.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City attractions planner.

Eden Prairie to Rapid City is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Keystone
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

2
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.
On the 28th (Fri), witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, then hike along Artist Point, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and then take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park online tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Rapid City to Yellowstone National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rapid City in June: highs in Yellowstone National Park hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

Similar Plans

8 days in Rapid City & Keystone BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 6 days in Rapid City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Rapid City & Keystone BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Yellowstone National Park, Cody & Rapid City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 9 days in Rapid City, Keystone & Sioux Falls BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Rapid City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Rapid City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Rapid City BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 7 days in Rapid City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Wenatchee & Rapid City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Rapid City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, kids, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Rapid City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans