11 days in Rapid City, Cody & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

11 days in Rapid City, Cody & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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Rapid City
— 3 nights
2
Cody
— 1 night
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights

3
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like South Dakota Air and Space Museum and The Museum @ Black Hills Institute. Visiting Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Deadwood Trailhead George S. Mickelson Trail will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Holy Terror Mini Golf (in Keystone) and Deadwood (Days of '76 Museum, Adams Museum, &more). There's much more to do: get your game on at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, examine the collection at Museum of Geology, and learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rapid City day trip planning app.

Charlotte to Rapid City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Charlotte in July: high temperatures in Rapid City hover around 85°F and lows are around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Cody.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

Deadwood, Keystone, Hill City
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The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute
South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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.
On the 2nd (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Buffalo Bill Center of the West, learn more about the world around you at Draper Natural History Museum, and then take in the dramatic scenery at The Buffalo Bill Reservoir.

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You can fly from Rapid City to Cody in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cody when traveling from Rapid City in August, with lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Museums · Nature · Parks
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Buffalo Bill Center of the West ©
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Draper Natural History Museum ©
Draper Natural History Museum
The Buffalo Bill Reservoir ©
The Buffalo Bill Reservoir

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Old Faithful and West Thumb Geyser Basin. Step off the beaten path and head to Midway Geyser Basin and Biscuit Basin. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Monument Geyser Basin, hike along Hellroaring Creek Trailhead, take a peaceful walk through Petrified Tree, and contemplate the waterfront views at Firehole River.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park online trip builder.

Getting from Cody to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Cody in August, expect Yellowstone National Park to be little chillier, temps between 70°F and 38°F. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Black Sand Basin ©
Black Sand Basin
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Midway Geyser Basin ©
Midway Geyser Basin

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