9 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Denver & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

9 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Denver & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

9 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Denver & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
train + bus + Fly + bus:  12​h
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Denver
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  4​h
3
Custer
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Wall
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hopi Point and Yavapai Point. On the 30th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, steep yourself in history at Hermit's Rest, get great views at Grandview Point, and trek along Rim Trail.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park driving holiday planner.

Washington DC to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 12-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in June, expect cooler with lows of 42°F in Grand Canyon National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grandview Point ©
Grandview Point

1
day
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Lookout Mountain, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, and then admire all the interesting features of Coors Field.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Denver in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July since evenings lows in Denver dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Denver

Nature Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Lookout Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Lookout Mountain ©
Lookout Mountain
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

1
night
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Custer day trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Denver to Custer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Denver in July; daily highs in Custer reach 80°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Prairie Berry Winery, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Horseback Riding Tours
Prairie Berry Winery ©
Prairie Berry Winery

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Adams House, get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, make a trip to Mt Roosevelt Monument, then admire all the interesting features of Broken Boot Gold Mine, and finally get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Deadwood trip builder app .

Drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood. In July, daily temperatures in Deadwood can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
Broken Boot Gold Mine ©
Broken Boot Gold Mine
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

2
nights
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. On the 6th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Wall attractions planner .

Getting from Deadwood to Wall by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Deadwood to Wall, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Deadwood, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Wall, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wall

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Big Badlands Overlook, Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Delta-09 Missile Silo ©
Delta-09 Missile Silo
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

Similar Plans

12 days in Grand Canyon National Park & Yellowstone National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 11 days in Denver & Boulder BY A USER FROM FINLAND May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Arizona BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Black Hills & Badlands BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, extra fast, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Extra fast 15 days in Grand Canyon National Park BY A USER FROM MEXICO July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Black Hills & Badlands BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 11 days in United States BY A USER FROM NORWAY May, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in Grand Canyon National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 12 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans