9 days in South Dakota, Estes Park & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota, Estes Park & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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Rapid City
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then see the world from above with Black Hills Helicopters. On the next day, browse the different shops at Wall Drug, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lost Cabin Beer Co., and then take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City trip itinerary builder.

New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Rapid City. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in June since evenings lows in Rapid City dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Keystone, Wall Drug
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

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Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Rock Cut Brewing Company, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park visit app.

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Estes Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Rapid City in June, expect nights in Estes Park to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 87°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Spas

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Spas
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and West Thumb Geyser Basin. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin, explore the striking landscape at Aurum Geyser, get impressive views of Mud Volcano, and head outdoors with Morning Glory Pool.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Estes Park to Yellowstone National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in June, things will get colder in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 66°F and lows about 34°F. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

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