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Help with itinerary for GNP, Yellowstone & Rapid City, SD

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My husband and I are planning a trip out west for the first week of September. We have some frequent flier miles we'd like to use and our plan is to visit Glacier National Park and the parks in the Rapid City, SD area (neither of which we have seen before), with a stop in between at Yellowstone. We spent a week in Yellowstone several years ago so this would just be an opportunity to see the highlights of Yellowstone again. Neither of us hike so we would be looking more for scenic drives and short hikes in any of these areas.

We have the opportunity to fly into one airport and out of another, so our tentative plan is to start in Kalispell and end in Rapid City. We are trying to limit the number of nights to about 12. The itinerary I propose is this:

1. 3 nights in Whitefish, MT to visit Glacier

2. 5 nights in West Yellowstone to visit YNP

3. Drive to Rapid City via Beartooth Highway (a favorite drive) and spend 4 nights in SD

We realize that there will be some days of significant driving between locations, but it will be mostly scenic and that would not bother us at all. Living on the east coast we have often driven from New Jersey to Florida for vacation (16 hour days), so we used to long drives!

Does this itinerary sound reasonable? I am allowing more time in Yellowstone, even though we have been there before, but we would like to take one of those days and travel down to Jackson and see the Grand Tetons again.

I would really appreciate any help or advice you could give me on our itinerary, as well as any tips on what we "shouldn't miss" at any of these locations, especially the South Dakota area where there seems to be a lot to see (Mt. Rushmore, Badlands, Wind Caves, Black Hills, etc.). We will really only have three full days there so I would want to concentrate on the best things to do while we're there.

As usual, I thank you all for your anticipated responses. You have been an invaluable resource in planning past vacations and I thank you for taking the time to post your replies!

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