I'm planning a road trip from Minneapolis to Yellowstone national Park to Dallas around end of June (6/27-7/6). Trip duration is around 10 days and I understand I won't be able to explore much in this duration. However, in the limited time I have in this country, I'd definetely like to see some of it, than nothing. So guys, please pardon me :)
Day 1: Start from Minneapolis around 4 pm and overnight stay in Mitchell, SD
Day 2: Visit Badlands National Park, stay overnight in Rapid City.
Day 3: Visit Mount Rushmore, drive around Needles Highway. Time permitting visit the Crazy Horse memorial. I plan to head towards Yellowstone, and stay some where in between, either Gillette, WY or Sheridan, WY
Day 4,5: Reach Yellowstone, sight-seeing. I wouldn't be able to really explore Yellowstone, but will I be able to cover the loop and see major attractions in a day and half?
I have been searching for budget accommodations, but looks like every place (Cody, West Yellowstone) is extremely expensive. Where would you suggest I stay, and any pointers for decent accommodations?
Day 6: Leave Yellowstone, sight-seeing in Grand Tetons (loop). Start for Dallas. Overnight Stay in Rock Springs, WY
Day 7: Rock Springs - Denver, CO
Day 8: Denver, CO - Amarillo, TX
Day 9: Amarillo, TX - Dallas, TX
Any suggestion regarding the itinerary and accommodations in Yellowstone/Tetons would be really helpful.