17 days in Des Moines, Keystone & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

17 days in Des Moines, Keystone & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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Des Moines
— 1 night
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Keystone
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 11 nights

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Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): stroll through Saylorville Trail and then don't miss a visit to The Temple for Performing Arts.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Des Moines trip itinerary planner.

Powell to Des Moines is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Powell to Des Moines is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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Saylorville Trail ©
Saylorville Trail
The Temple for Performing Arts ©
The Temple for Performing Arts

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Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then stroll through Presidential Trail, and finally browse for treasures at Halley's 1880 Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Keystone Historical Museum, explore the world behind art at Gutzon Borglum Historical Center, then see the interesting displays at National Presidential Wax Museum, and finally stop by Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Keystone trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Des Moines to Keystone by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Des Moines to Keystone. Traveling from Des Moines in July, expect Keystone to be a bit cooler, temps between 80°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Museums · Parks · Outdoors
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
National Presidential Wax Museum ©
National Presidential Wax Museum
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail

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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.
Visit Uncle Tom's Trail and Fort Yellowstone Historic District for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at West Thumb Geyser Basin and Grand Loop Road. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yellowstone National Park: Grand Teton National Park (Menor's Ferry Historical Trail & 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive) and Moose (Snake River Overlook & Chapel of the Sacred Heart). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mud Volcano, take in the dramatic natural features at Gibbon Falls, witness a stunning natural landmark at Steamboat Geyser, and explore the stunning scenery at S Rim Trail.

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

You can fly from Keystone to Yellowstone National Park in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and car. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Keystone in July, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 73°F and lows at 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
Uncle Tom's Trail ©
Uncle Tom's Trail

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