8 days in Denver, Yellowstone National Park & Rapid City Itinerary

8 days in Denver, Yellowstone National Park & Rapid City Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Denver
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Denver planning website.

Houston to Denver is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in July, things will get a bit cooler in Denver: highs are around 87°F and lows about 60°F. You'll set off for Yellowstone National Park on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 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.
Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washburn and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

To find photos and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Denver to Yellowstone National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Denver, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Rapid City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Rapid City

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): make a trip to Dinosaur Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Rapid City in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, you will find days in Rapid City are a bit warmer (85°F), and nights are much hotter (62°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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