5 days in Yellowstone National Park, Badlands National Park & Wind Cave National Park Itinerary

5 days in Yellowstone National Park, Badlands National Park & Wind Cave National Park Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Wind Cave National Park
— 1 night
Drive to Rapid City Regional Airport, Fly to Minneapolis-St Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain Airport

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Yellowstone National Park

— 2 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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, stroll through Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake.

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Minneapolis to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Minneapolis in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Yellowstone National Park, with highs around 53°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Badlands National Park

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, cruise along Loop Road, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yellow Mounds Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape at White River Valley Overlook.

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You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Badlands National Park in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, bus, and taxi. In May, Badlands National Park is somewhat warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 70°F and lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Wind Cave National Park.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Wind Cave National Park

— 1 night
Wind Cave National Park presents one of the United States' few remaining intact prairies.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Windcross Conservancy, explore the fascinating underground world of Wind Cave National Park, then explore and take pictures at Needles Highway, and finally hike along Rankin Ridge Nature Trail.

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Drive from Badlands National Park to Wind Cave National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Badlands National Park in May, expect Wind Cave National Park to be little chillier, temps between 59°F and 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wind Cave National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

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