11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Keystone
— 1 night
Drive
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Wind Cave National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive
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Billings
— 1 night
Drive
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Cooke City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gardiner
— 1 night
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Kalispell
— 1 day
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Rapid City

— 1 night

Gateway to the Black Hills

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 3rd (Thu): wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rapid City driving holiday planner.

Los Angeles to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in September; daily highs in Rapid City reach 75°F and lows reach 53°F. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your trip

Badlands National Park

— 1 night
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.
Ben Reifel Visitor Center has been added to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Thu), get answers to all your questions at Ben Reifel Visitor Center, then get great views at Pinnacles Overlook, and then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook and then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park tour itinerary maker website.

Getting from Rapid City to Badlands National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Rapid City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Keystone.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Keystone

— 1 night

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
On the 4th (Fri), stop by Goodtyme Photo and then see the world from above with Black Hills Helicopters.

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

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Keystone in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Keystone, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Wind Cave National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Wind Cave National Park

— 1 night
Wind Cave National Park presents one of the United States' few remaining intact prairies.
For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Wind Cave National Park planner.

You can drive from Keystone to Wind Cave National Park in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Wind Cave National Park are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Wind Cave National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Deadwood

— 1 night
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Tatanka: Story of the Bison, get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, steep yourself in history at Adams House, then stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, and finally shop like a local with Scott Jacobs Studio.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Deadwood trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wind Cave National Park to Deadwood takes 2 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Wind Cave National Park to Deadwood is 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Deadwood can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Billings

— 1 night
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Yellowstone Art Museum, then test your problem-solving skills at The Grand Escape Room, then take in nature's colorful creations at DanWalt Gardens, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To plan Billings vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Deadwood to Billings in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. September in Billings sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cooke City.

Things to do in Billings

Museums · Fun & Games · Tours · Parks

Cooke City

— 2 nights
Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. On the 9th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Tower Fall, look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley, then hike along Trout Lake Trail, and finally stop by Cooke City General Store. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Canyon Village Area, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, then take some stellar pictures from Lookout Point, and finally get great views at Calcite Springs Overlook.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cooke City online travel planner.

Getting from Billings to Cooke City by car takes about 3 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Billings in September, with highs in Cooke City at 60°F and lows at 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in Cooke City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Gardiner

— 1 night
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Golden Gate Canyon, take in the natural beauty of Mammoth Hot Springs, and then capture your vacation like a pro with Yellowstone Insight - Day Tours.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Gardiner online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cooke City to Gardiner takes 2 hours. September in Gardiner sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kalispell.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Kalispell

— 1 day
Kalispell is a city in, and the county seat of Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 12th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Lone Pine State Park, steep yourself in history at Conrad Mansion, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Thompson Chain of Lakes.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kalispell journey site.

You can drive from Gardiner to Kalispell in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Gardiner in September; daily highs in Kalispell reach 70°F and lows reach 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kalispell

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.