18 days in Yellowstone National Park, Black Hills & Badlands & Colorado Itinerary

18 days in Yellowstone National Park, Black Hills & Badlands & Colorado Itinerary

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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
3
Deadwood
— 2 nights
4
Custer
— 3 nights
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
6
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
7
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Old Faithful and Upper Geyser Basin. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grand Loop Road and Lone Star Geyser. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, contemplate the geological forces at Mud Volcano, trek along Storm Point Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Natural Bridge Trail.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park holiday planning site.

Birmingham to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Birmingham to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. In June, Yellowstone National Park is cooler than Birmingham - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Storm Point Trail ©
Storm Point Trail
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
Mud Volcano ©
Mud Volcano

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, thenexplore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Yellow Mounds Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): make a trip to Pinnacles Overlook, trek along Door Trail, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, thenhike along Notch Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape of Bigfoot Pass Overlook.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Badlands National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Badlands National Park: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

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Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 27th (Sat), browse the exhibits of Tatanka: Story of the Bison, cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, thentake an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, and finally admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Days of '76 Museum, thenget engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, thendiscover the riches below the earth's surface at Broken Boot Gold Mine, and finally explore the galleries of Adams House.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Deadwood trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Deadwood takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Badlands National Park in June, expect nights in Deadwood to be about the same, around °F, while days are slightly colder, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Spearfish
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Tatanka: Story of the Bison ©
Tatanka: Story of the Bison
D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery ©
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

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Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Step out of the city life by going to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute and Prairie Berry Winery. Change things up with a short trip to Wind Cave National Park in Wind Cave National Park (about 44 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Legion Lake, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get a new perspective on nature at Native American Educational and Cultural Center, and take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest.

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Traveling by car from Deadwood to Custer takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Deadwood to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hill City, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Wind Cave National Park, Native American Educational and Cultural Center
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Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Horseback Riding Tours

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore and take pictures at Old Fall River Road, explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, thenappreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, and finally explore the activities along Lily Lake.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Custer to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Custer in July, with highs in Rocky Mountain National Park at °F and lows at °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

2
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Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, thenexplore the activities along Hanging Lake, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, get interesting insight from Tours, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

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Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
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Zipline
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail

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Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail, thenadmire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park, and then get lost in a book at Tread of Pioneers Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs road trip planning tool.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be about the same, around °F, while days are a bit warmer, around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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