11 days in Western US & Rapid City Itinerary

11 days in Western US & Rapid City Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bemidji
Drive:  11 h
1
Billings
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  8 h
3
Hotchkiss
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Glenwood Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h
5
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
6
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Devils Tower
— 1 day
Drive:  9 h 15 min
End: Bemidji

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Billings

Billings
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. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Billings using our trip planner.

Bemidji to Billings is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bemidji to Billings. Traveling from Bemidji in June, expect nights in Billings to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 80°F. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Nature Museums

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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.
To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park vacation maker tool.

You can drive from Billings to Yellowstone National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Billings in June, plan for little chillier days in Yellowstone National Park, with highs around 66°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Hotchkiss.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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S Rim Trail ©
S Rim Trail
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

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Hotchkiss

Hotchkiss
Hotchkiss is a statutory town in Delta County, Colorado, United States. For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hotchkiss holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Hotchkiss takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, things will get warmer in Hotchkiss: highs are around 93°F and lows about 57°F. On the 12th (Wed), you're off to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Hotchkiss

Outdoors Tours Adventure

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Glenwood Springs

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Doc Holliday's Grave.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs attractions website.

Traveling by car from Hotchkiss to Glenwood Springs takes 2 hours. When traveling from Hotchkiss in June, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 46°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Wed) before leaving for Denver.
Highlights from your plan
Doc Holliday's Grave ©
Doc Holliday's Grave

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Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): meet the residents at Denver Zoo, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, and then browse the fresh offerings at The Source. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through 16th Street Mall and then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver day trip tool.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Denver in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In June, Denver is somewhat warmer than Glenwood Springs - with highs of 83°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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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 15th (Sat): visit Downtown Rapid City, then meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Denver to Rapid City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Denver in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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Devils Tower

Devils Tower ©
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Hulett Museum and then admire the masterpieces at Rogue's Gallery.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Devils Tower trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Devils Tower takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Rapid City in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Devils Tower, with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Museums

Side Trip

Hulett
Highlights from your plan
Rogue's Gallery ©
Rogue's Gallery

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