8 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Yellowstone National Park & Salt Lake City Itinerary

8 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Yellowstone National Park & Salt Lake City Itinerary

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Rapid City
— 4 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night

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Rapid City

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Family-friendly places like Loop Road and Iron Mountain Road will thrill your kids. Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel & Sylvan Lake), Bicycle Sculpture (in Pringle) and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs). There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, make a trip to Dinosaur Park, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine, and get in on the family fun at Rushmore Tramway Adventures.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip planner.

Scandia to Rapid City is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. August in Rapid City sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 60°F at night. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Yellowstone National Park

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
On the 27th (Tue), witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. On the next day, witness a stunning natural landmark at Mammoth Hot Springs and then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring.

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Traveling by car from Rapid City to Yellowstone National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Rapid City in August, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are slightly colder (70°F), and nights are colder (38°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature

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Salt Lake City

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
On the 29th (Thu), find something for the whole family at Lagoon Amusement Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Salt Lake City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, shuttle, taxi, and train. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, things will get much warmer in Salt Lake City: highs are around 92°F and lows about 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trip