8 days in Yellowstone National Park & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

8 days in Yellowstone National Park & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Custer
— 2 nights
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Wall
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park

— 4 nights

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Inspiration Point. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mystic Falls Trail.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park route planner.

Denver to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Denver in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Yellowstone National Park, with highs around 66°F, while nights are colder with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Custer

— 2 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 11th (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then cruise along Iron Mountain Road, and finally cruise along Wildlife Loop Road. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, then examine the collection at Custer County 1881 Courthouse, and finally admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Custer trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Custer takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, bus, and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, with highs in Custer at 73°F and lows at 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Wall

— 1 night
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Wall Drug, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then take a memorable drive along Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape at Bigfoot Pass Overlook.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Wall driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Custer to Wall takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Custer in June, with highs in Wall at 83°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wall

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip