8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Drive:  11​h
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Billings
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Bismarck
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 10th (Sat), take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip site .

Minneapolis to Rapid City is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis to Rapid City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Rapid City are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lehardy's Rapids, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Rapid City to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. While traveling from Rapid City, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Grand Teton
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Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

1
night
Billings

Billings ©
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks, explore the world behind art at Yellowstone Art Museum, then examine the collection at Moss Mansion, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Pompeys Pillar National Monument.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Billings route planning site .

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Billings in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August: high temperatures in Billings hover around 85°F and lows are around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Pompeys Pillar National Monument
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Pompeys Pillar National Monument ©
Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Horseback Riding Tours
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion

1
night
Bismarck

Bismarck ©
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Dakota Zoo.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Bismarck online visit planner .

You can fly from Billings to Bismarck in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. August in Bismarck sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 56°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
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The Dakota Zoo ©
The Dakota Zoo
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park ©
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

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