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:  9​h 30​min
1
Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Missoula
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
5
Billings
— 1 night
Drive:  13​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
Rapid City

Rapid City
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City holiday maker website .

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 in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 60°F at night. You'll set off for Yellowstone National Park on the 11th (Sun).

Things to do in Rapid City

Outdoors Parks Tours

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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 11th (Sun), take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful and then take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Rapid City to Yellowstone National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. When traveling from Rapid City in August, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

1
night
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and then sample the tasty concoctions at Imagine Nation Brewing Co.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Missoula online trip planner .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Missoula by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August; daily highs in Missoula reach 86°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Whitefish.

Things to do in Missoula

Wildlife Parks Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Imagine Nation Brewing Co ©
Imagine Nation Brewing Co

2
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
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 14th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, then cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and then appreciate the views at Logan Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): trek along Highline Trail, appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Missoula to Glacier National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Billings.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail

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. You've now added Pictograph Cave State Park to your itinerary.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Billings day trip app .

Getting from Glacier National Park to Billings by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Glacier National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Billings, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

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

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