9 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Cody & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

9 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Cody & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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9 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Cody & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: Sheboygan
Drive:  13​h
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Cody
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  17​h 30​min
End: Sheboygan

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Alex Johnson Mercantile, wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, and then find something for the whole family at Storybook Island.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Rapid City road trip planner .

Sheboygan to Rapid City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Sheboygan, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rapid City, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cody.

Things to do in Rapid City

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Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Storybook Island ©
Storybook Island

2
nights
Cody

A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Old Trail Town, see human ingenuity at work at Buffalo Bill Dam, then examine the collection at Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and finally explore the world behind art at Whitney Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cody trip planner.

You can fly from Rapid City to Cody in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Cody are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

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Buffalo Bill Center of the West ©
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Old Trail Town ©
Old Trail Town

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.
Bring the kids along to Hayden Valley and Lehardy's Rapids. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and hike along Artist Point.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Cody to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cody in July: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 73°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

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