8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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Rapid City
— 4 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 1 night
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Missoula
— 1 night
Drive
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Bismarck
— 1 day
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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.
Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Breezy Point Picnic Area), Loop Road (in Badlands National Park) and Custer (Custer State Park, Sylvan Lake, &more). And it doesn't end there: stop by Downtown Rapid City, view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center, don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Park, and learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Rapid City tour itinerary app.

New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rapid City, with lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Custer State Park ©
Must see
Custer State Park
4.8
Loop Road ©
Must see
Loop Road
4.9

1
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Glacier National Park

Crown of the Continent

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, then take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park sightseeing planner.

Getting from Rapid City to Glacier National Park by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rapid City in August since evenings lows in Glacier National Park dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your trip
Grinnell Glacier ©
Must see
Grinnell Glacier
4.9
Virginia Falls ©
Must see
Virginia Falls
4.9

1
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Missoula

Missoula is a city in the U.S. On the 16th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, get in on the family fun at A Carousel for Missoula, and then walk around Jacob Island Dog Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Missoula trip planner.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Missoula by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Missoula

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks
Highlights from your trip

1
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Bismarck

Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Dakota Zoo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bismarck trip builder website.

Getting from Missoula to Bismarck by car takes about 11 hours. Other options: fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Missoula to Bismarck. In August, daytime highs in Bismarck are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your trip

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