Badlands to Yellowstone – American Heritage Tour
Rapid City, SD
Total milage: 725
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 and Crazy Horse 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 and the Crazy Horse Memorial. 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.