9 days in Rapid City, Badlands National Park & Wyoming Itinerary

9 days in Rapid City, Badlands National Park & Wyoming Itinerary

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9 days in Rapid City, Badlands National Park & Wyoming Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Devils Tower
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Sheridan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Cody
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Moose
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Rushmore National Memorial as well as Custer State Park. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rapid City travel itinerary planner.

Philadelphia to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rapid City, with lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Custer State Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

1
night
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Loop Road as well as Badlands Wall. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall and then cruise along Loop Road.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Badlands National Park travel planner.

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Loop Road ©
Loop Road

few
hours
Devils Tower

Devils Tower ©
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Devil's Tower National Monument Visitor Center. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Devils Tower National Monument, then get answers to all your questions at Devil's Tower National Monument Visitor Center, and then look for gifts at Devils Tower Trading Post.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, use the Devils Tower itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Devils Tower takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Badlands National Park in August, expect nights in Devils Tower to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are little chillier, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sheridan.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Devils Tower Trading Post ©
Devils Tower Trading Post

2
nights
Sheridan

Sheridan ©
Sheridan is a city in Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States. Sheridan Inn has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of King's Saddlery and Museum, get engrossed in the history at Sheridan County Museum, then take a peaceful walk through Bighorn National Forest, and finally don't miss a visit to Sheridan Inn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Bighorn Mountains and then take in the dramatic scenery at Shell Falls.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sheridan trip planner.

You can drive from Devils Tower to Sheridan in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Devils Tower in August, expect nights in Sheridan to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 87°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cody.

Things to do in Sheridan

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Bighorn Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Shell Falls ©
Shell Falls
The Historic Sheridan Inn ©
The Historic Sheridan Inn
Bighorn Mountains ©
Bighorn Mountains

1
night
Cody

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.
To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cody trip builder website .

You can drive from Sheridan to Cody in 3 hours. Traveling from Sheridan in August, expect nights in Cody to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 79°F. On the 6th (Sun), you'll travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Outdoors Tours Parks

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Old Faithful Inn, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Old Faithful, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and then trek along Artist Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, then admire the landmark architecture of Old Faithful Inn, and then take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Cody to Yellowstone National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cody in August; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 70°F and lows reach 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Moose.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin

1
night
Moose

Moose ©
Moose is an unincorporated community in Teton County, Wyoming, United States, in the Jackson Hole valley. Find out how to plan Moose trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Moose in 2 hours. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Moose, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Moose

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Jenny Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Jenny Lake Trail ©
Jenny Lake Trail

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