8 days in San Diego, Yellowstone National Park & Rapid City Itinerary

8 days in San Diego, Yellowstone National Park & Rapid City Itinerary

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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Rapid City
— 1 day

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San Diego

San Diego ©

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and USS Midway Museum will thrill your kids. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego, look for gifts at Catalina Offshore Products, and stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego day trip planning app.

Albuquerque to San Diego is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Albuquerque to San Diego, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Albuquerque in December, you will find days in San Diego are somewhat warmer (68°F), and nights are much hotter (51°F). On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): don't miss a visit to The 45th Parallel, hike along Observation Point Trail, then stroll through Elephant Back Mountain, and finally head outdoors with Bridge Bay Marina. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Solitary Geyser, then take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, and then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park tour itinerary planning app.

You can fly from San Diego to Yellowstone National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Traveling from San Diego to Yellowstone National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Yellowstone National Park is cooler than San Diego - with highs of 23°F and lows of 3°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Back Mountain ©
Elephant Back Mountain
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center, then walk around Founders Park, and then find something for the whole family at Storybook Island.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip planner.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Rapid City in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in December, with highs in Rapid City at 35°F and lows at 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Storybook Island ©
Storybook Island
Founders Park ©
Founders Park
Suzie Cappa Art Center ©
Suzie Cappa Art Center

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