12 days in Idaho, Yellowstone National Park & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

12 days in Idaho, Yellowstone National Park & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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12 days in Idaho, Yellowstone National Park & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Start: Sacramento
Fly:  3 h 15 min
1
Boise
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5 h 45 min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Taxi:  6 h 45 min
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Sacramento

1
night
Boise

Boise ©
From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Freak Alley Gallery and then ponder the world of politics at Idaho State Capitol Building.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Boise trip itinerary maker app .

Sacramento to Boise is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sacramento to Boise. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sacramento in June: highs in Boise hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Boise

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Warhawk Air Museum
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Warhawk Air Museum ©
Warhawk Air Museum
World Center For Birds of Prey ©
World Center For Birds of Prey
Old Idaho Penitentiary ©
Old Idaho Penitentiary

4
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 inner history buff will appreciate Uncle Tom's Trail and Fort Yellowstone Historic District. Take a break from the city and head to Old Faithful and Midway Geyser Basin. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, take in the dramatic natural features at Gibbon Falls, hike along Artist Point, and look for all kinds of wild species at Petrified Tree.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Boise to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. When traveling from Boise in June, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 34°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Gibbon Falls ©
Gibbon Falls
Uncle Tom's Trail ©
Uncle Tom's Trail
Midway Geyser Basin ©
Midway Geyser Basin

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Delta-09 Missile Silo, take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, then stroll through Door Trail, and finally hike along Notch Trail.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and taxi from Yellowstone National Park to Badlands National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, expect Badlands National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 83°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Delta-09 Missile Silo, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Badlands National Park
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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site ©
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 23rd (Tue), Head underground at Wind Cave National Park, stroll through Elk Mountain Nature Trail, and then take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with a tour on horseback, learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, then learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Insideout.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Custer attractions planner .

Drive from Badlands National Park to Custer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in June: high temperatures in Custer hover around 73°F and lows are around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hill City, Wind Cave National Park
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Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Adams House, get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, admire all the interesting features of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Scott Jacobs Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, then examine the collection at Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, then get curious at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, and finally discover the riches below the earth's surface at Broken Boot Gold Mine.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Deadwood sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Deadwood can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Spearfish, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame
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Adams House ©
Adams House
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

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