9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Duluth
Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Bismarck
— 1 day
Drive:  10​h 30​min
2
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Missoula
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
5
Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

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Bismarck

Bismarck
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bismarck vacation planner .

Duluth to Bismarck is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. While traveling from Duluth, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bismarck, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 56°F. You will leave for Glacier National Park on the 10th (Sat).

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Get in touch with nature at Grinnell Glacier and Goat Lick Overlook. There's still lots to do: stroll through Highline Trail, explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, explore the activities along Lake McDonald, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Glacier National Park day trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bismarck to Glacier National Park. Traveling from Bismarck to Glacier National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bismarck in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 48°F in Glacier National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Missoula.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Trails Nature
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Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail
Avalanche Lake ©
Avalanche Lake

1
night
Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. On the 13th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and then grab your bike and head to Silver Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Missoula trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to Missoula takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks Wildlife Trails
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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Silver Park ©
Silver Park

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and then take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin. On your second day here, trek along Artist Point, get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and finally take in the natural beauty of Terrace Spring.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park travel route planner.

Getting from Missoula to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In August, Yellowstone National Park is a bit cooler than Missoula - with highs of 70°F and lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
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Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

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.
On the 16th (Fri), take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Rapid City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 60°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 17th (Sat).

Things to do in Rapid City

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