9 days in Oregon Coast, Yellowstone National Park & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

9 days in Oregon Coast, Yellowstone National Park & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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1
Newport
— 1 night
2
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
4
Rapid City
— 1 night
5
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights

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Newport

A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): walk around Whale Park, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, thenexplore and take pictures at Otter Crest Loop, thenexplore the galleries of Hatfield Marine Science Center, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nye Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Newport trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Charlotte to Newport is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Charlotte in July, expect Newport to be much colder, temps between °F and °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Newport

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

Depoe Bay
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nye Beach ©
Nye Beach
Otter Crest Loop ©
Otter Crest Loop

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Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Nehalem Bay State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Manzanita Beach, thenadmire the majestic nature at Oswald West State Park, thenadmire the majestic nature at Hug Point State Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cannon Beach travel planning tool.

You can drive from Newport to Cannon Beach in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Newport in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cannon Beach, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nehalem Bay State Park, Manzanita Beach
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Nehalem Bay State Park ©
Nehalem Bay State Park
Hug Point State Park ©
Hug Point State Park
Oswald West State Park ©
Oswald West State Park

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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.
On the 3rd (Mon), make a trip to The 45th Parallel, explore the striking landscape at Golden Gate Canyon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Observation Point Trail, explore the striking landscape at Sheepeater Cliffs, thenexplore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Butte Overlook, and finally hike along Osprey Falls Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: get impressive views of Monument Geyser Basin, explore the striking landscape at Artists’ Paintpots, look for all kinds of wild species at Lehardy's Rapids, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Gibbon Falls, thentake a memorable drive along Firehole Lake Drive, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Petrified Tree.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Cannon Beach to Yellowstone National Park in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cannon Beach to Yellowstone National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Cannon Beach in August, expect slightly colder with lows of °F in Yellowstone National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Observation Point Trail ©
Observation Point Trail
Gibbon Falls ©
Gibbon Falls
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 5th (Wed): learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, thenexamine the collection at Museum of Geology, thenget in on the family fun at Storybook Island, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City day trip planning website.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Rapid City in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Rapid City, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites
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South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Storybook Island ©
Storybook Island
Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park, thenexplore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, and then trek along Notch Trail.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park tour planner.

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Badlands National Park can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

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