8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Duluth
Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Bismarck
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Billings
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
4
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

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night
Bismarck

Bismarck ©
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. You've now added North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum to your itinerary.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bismarck trip itinerary maker website .

Duluth to Bismarck is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. When traveling from Duluth in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bismarck: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Billings.

Things to do in Bismarck

Museums
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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 11th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Pictograph Cave State Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at DanWalt Gardens, then stroll around Riverfront Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Pompeys Pillar National Monument.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Billings online road trip planner .

Getting from Bismarck to Billings by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bismarck to Billings, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 58°F. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pictograph Cave State Park ©
Pictograph Cave State Park
DanWalt Gardens ©
DanWalt Gardens
Riverfront Park ©
Riverfront Park

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.
On the 13th (Tue), hike along Artist Point, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and finally take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Mammoth Hot Springs and then take a memorable drive along Lamar Valley.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park day trip planner.

You can drive from Billings to Yellowstone National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Billings in August, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are colder (38°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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 15th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rapid City online travel route planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Rapid City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Rapid City, with highs around 83°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 60°F. On the 17th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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