8 days in Rapid City, Big Sky & Jackson Hole Itinerary

8 days in Rapid City, Big Sky & Jackson Hole Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States planner

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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Big Sky
— 1 night
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Jackson Hole
— 4 nights
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Rapid City

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kids will enjoy Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Custer State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Goodtyme Photo (in Keystone), Iron Mountain Road (in Custer) and Bicycle Sculpture (in Pringle). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, visit Downtown Rapid City, and find something for the whole family at Storybook Island.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City tour planning tool.

Dubuque to Rapid City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In July in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Big Sky.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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Big Sky

— 1 night
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. On the 6th (Tue), stroll through Beehive Basin Trail, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Big Sky online itinerary planner.

Fly from Rapid City to Big Sky in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Rapid City in July, expect nights in Big Sky to be much colder, around 39°F, while days are slightly colder, around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Big Sky

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks
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Jackson Hole

— 4 nights
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Kids will enjoy Old Faithful and Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School. Venture out of the city with trips to Yellowstone National Park (Solitary Geyser, Castle Geyser, &more) and Snake River Overlook (in Moose). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on Ana's Grand Excursions and admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Wildlife Art.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Jackson Hole trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Big Sky to Jackson Hole takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July in Jackson Hole, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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