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Wishlist - Mt Rushmore/Yellowstone/Grand Tetons 8 - 9 days

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Birmingham, Alabama
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Wishlist - Mt Rushmore/Yellowstone/Grand Tetons 8 - 9 days

Planning car trip from/return to Lincoln, NE - August 2011 - first trip to this area. Need suggestions re: time allocation, "most bang" for this brief time, and things to put in next trip itinerary. Budget - sensitive. Travelling with grad student daughter. No caves/casinos. Thanks

Pitman, New Jersey
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for Rapid City, South Dakota
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1. Re: Wishlist - Mt Rushmore/Yellowstone/Grand Tetons 8 - 9 days

I'd also recommend posting this on the road trips forum. Do you have a total of 8-9 days, or do you have 8-9 touring days. There's a huge difference. As you probably know, Lincoln is about 9 hours from the Black Hills, plus you are also looking to add Yellowstone/Grand Teton.

If you only have 8-9 days total, don't even consider a trip like this one. Focus on either SD or Yellowstone/GT. You will spend huge amounts of time in the car if you don't, IMO. Many can spend a week at Yellowstone alone, for there's just so much to explore.

With a limited time frame, I'd recommend focusing on Mt Rushmore and Custer State Park in SD, perhaps staying 2 days. I would then place the balance of time in Yellowstone/Grand Teton, with the greatest amount of time In Yellowstone. You can get a taste of the Tetons in a day or so.

Whatever you decide, have a good trip.

Birmingham, Alabama
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2. Re: Wishlist - Mt Rushmore/Yellowstone/Grand Tetons 8 - 9 days

Much appreciated. Would you do the longest trek first? Thanks for the road forum posting advice.

Pitman, New Jersey
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3. Re: Wishlist - Mt Rushmore/Yellowstone/Grand Tetons 8 - 9 days

Most of the time, I am in favor of going out to the furthest point and working your way back.

It's about 14 hours from Lincoln to Jackson Hole, WY. Not sure if you'd want to do that all in one day.

Birmingham, Alabama
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4. Re: Wishlist - Mt Rushmore/Yellowstone/Grand Tetons 8 - 9 days

Any advice re: layover so that we could use part of the second day in Jackson/start the Grand Teton part of the trip? Thanks.

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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for Santa Fe, Mesa Verde National Park, Boulder, New Mexico
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5. Re: Wishlist - Mt Rushmore/Yellowstone/Grand Tetons 8 - 9 days

This may work.

Day 1 Lincoln NE to Laramie or Rawlins WY. If you feel up for a longer drive, head to Rock Springs.

Day 2 Drive to Jackson and the Tetons.

Day 3 Tetons to YS

Day 4 YS

Day 5 YS

Day 6 YS to Buffalo WY, stopping in Cody

Day 7 Buffalo to Devils Tower to Black Hills

Day 8 Black Hills day

Day 9 To Lincoln NE

6. Re: Wishlist - Mt Rushmore/Yellowstone/Grand Tetons 8 - 9 days

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