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American Heritage Tour: South Dakota to Yellowstone

Rapid City, SD

Total milage: 725
Days: 6

Yellowstone National Park, WY

Day 1: Badlands
Take I-90 east 53 miles to Wall, SD. Take SD 240 east through Badlands National Park. Start your adventure with a tour through Badlands National Park.

Day 1: Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Take SD 44 west through Rapid City. Head south on US 16 west through Keystone. Exit onto SD 16A east. Head west on SD 244 to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. See Mount Rushmore, then return to Keystone.

Day 2: Deadwood, SD
From Keystone, take US 16A east, then merge onto US 16 west. Go north on US 385 to Lead and Deadwood. Head to the Wild West towns of Deadwood and Lead. Settle into the AmericInn in Deadwood for the night.

Day 3: Spearfish Canyon
From Lead, take US 85 south. Turn right on US 14 Scenic west to Spearfish Canyon. Cruise between 1,000-foot-high limestone canyon walls on a premier scenic byway through Spearfish Canyon.

Day 3: Devils Tower
Take I-90 west to US 14 west. Turn right on WY 24 east, then left on WY 110 west to reach Devils Tower National Monument. Head west to cross into Wyoming, then visit striking Devils Tower.

Day 3: Gillette, WY
Take US 24 west to US-14 west. Merge onto I-90 west and continue to Gillette. Finish the day with a trip through Keyhole State Park. Head on to Gillette and the Best Western Tower West Lodge.

Day 4: Buffalo, WY
Take I-90 west to I-25 south to reach Buffalo. Stop in historic Buffalo for the Great Medicine Man Museum and Occidental Hotel.

Day 4: Sheridan, WY
Take I-25 north to I-90 west. Continue to Sheridan. See Western history and stay at the Landmark Historic Sheridan Inn.

Day 5: Cody, WY
Continue on I-90 west to US 14 west. Go 50 miles to Cody. Drive through Bighorn National Forest, then stop in quaint Greybull. Continue to Cody and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

Day 6: Yellowstone National Park
Take US 14 west 100 miles to Yellowstone National Park.



Top Ten Things to do in Yellowstone

1. Take a Hike

To explore Yellowstone’s wild side, get off the beaten path and onto the park’s 1,300-mile trail system. Read More...

2. Watch Geysers Erupt

Yellowstone is the largest active geyser field in the world. Read More...

3. Go Rafting

Looking for an escape from the summer heat? Can’t beat a whitewater rafting adventure! Read More...

4. Experience the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is breathtaking!

5. Attend a Powwow

Powwows serve to preserve the rich heritage of Native American culture and allow tribal members to participate in traditional rituals. Read More...

6. Go Horseback Riding in Yellowstone

No other activity fulfills the Western dream for families visiting this region like a horseback ride. Read More...

7. Go Camping

One of the best ways to experience the Yellowstone region is by spending a night or more under the stars. Read More...

8. Watch a Rodeo

Every town in Yellowstone country has a rodeo. Try Cheyenne Frontier Days, Cody Nite Rodeo, Rock Springs’ Red Desert Rodeo or Lander’s Pioneer Days Rodeo. Read More...

9. Catch a Fish

Fishing in Yellowstone is an experience that compares with few other places on earth. Read More...

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