7 days in Yellowstone National Park & Badlands National Park Itinerary

7 days in Yellowstone National Park & Badlands National Park Itinerary

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Start: Fort Smith
Fly + Drive:  15 h 45 min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Taxi:  6 h 45 min
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Fort Smith

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Yellowstone National Park side-trips: Chapel of the Sacred Heart (in Moose) and Grand Teton (in Grand Teton National Park). The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, hike along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Lamar Valley.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park route builder.

Fort Smith to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Fort Smith in June, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 66°F and lows at 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park, then cruise along Loop Road, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, and then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park journey planning website.

Do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Yellowstone National Park to Badlands National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. In June, Badlands National Park is a bit warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 83°F and lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

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