8 days in Yellowstone National Park, Rapid City & Bozeman Itinerary

8 days in Yellowstone National Park, Rapid City & Bozeman Itinerary

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Yellowstone National Park
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Yellowstone National Park

— 3 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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and get to know the fascinating history of S Rim Trail.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park travel itinerary planner.

Seattle to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Seattle, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Rapid City

— 3 nights

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone), Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse) and Custer (Custer State Park, Iron Mountain Road, &more). There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, stop by Wall Drug, and explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rapid City day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Rapid City takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September: high temperatures in Rapid City hover around 75°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bozeman.

Things to do in Rapid City

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bozeman

— 1 day
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. On the 18th (Sat), look and learn at Museum of the Rockies and then explore the activities along Gallatin River.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bozeman trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Bozeman takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Rapid City in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Bozeman, with lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature · Parks