10 days in Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

10 days in Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
3
Rapid City
— 3 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): hike along Grinnell Glacier, then admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, then take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and finally take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Iceberg Lake Trail and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Glacier National Park itinerary planning website.

Philadelphia to Glacier National Park is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Philadelphia to Glacier National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Philadelphia in June, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Glacier National Park: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park ©
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls

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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.
Bring the kids along to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Upper Geyser Basin. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, tour the pleasant surroundings at Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, admire all the interesting features of Lamar Valley, and get outside with Morning Glory Pool.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In June, Yellowstone National Park is slightly colder than Glacier National Park - with highs of 66°F and lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

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

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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 18th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center, then get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, then identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, and finally explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, then get your game on at Cosmos Mystery Area, and finally get in on the family fun at Storybook Island.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rapid City attractions website.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Rapid City by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Rapid City, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 57°F. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

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