10 days in Montana, Wyoming & South Dakota Itinerary

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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
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West Yellowstone
— 1 night
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Jackson Hole
— 3 nights
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Glacier National Park — 2 nights

Crown of the Continent

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook and then take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek, explore the activities along Lake McDonald, and then look for gifts at Home Ranch Bottoms.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park travel route planning app.

Newark to Glacier National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Glacier National Park. Traveling from Newark in May, expect Glacier National Park to be little chillier, temps between 67°F and 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Yellowstone National Park.
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Yellowstone National Park — 1 night

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

On the 28th (Sun), take in the natural beauty of Solitary Geyser, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, then take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, and finally explore the striking landscape at Biscuit Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, then take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Firehole River.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park holiday maker site.

You can fly from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Glacier National Park in May, things will get little chillier in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 53°F and lows about 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.
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West Yellowstone — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, then take in the exciting artwork at Homeroom at Madison Crossing, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to West Yellowstone takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in West Yellowstone sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Jackson Hole.
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Jackson Hole — 3 nights

Get some historical perspective at St. John's Episcopal Church and Chapel of the Sacred Heart. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oxbow Bend and Jackson Hole Anglers. Change things up with these side-trips from Jackson Hole: Grand Teton National Park (Leigh Lake & String Lake). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on Teton Excursions, make a trip to Antler Arches of Jackson, take in the views from Snake River Bridge, and identify plant and animal life at Teton Raptor Center.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Jackson Hole vacation website.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Jackson Hole in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Rapid City.
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Rapid City — 2 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): hike along Deadwood Trailhead George S. Mickelson Trail, take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Days of '76 Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Mt Roosevelt Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel in the Hills and then identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rapid City online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Jackson Hole to Rapid City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Jackson Hole in June, with highs in Rapid City at 78°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.
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Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.
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South Dakota travel guide

4.3
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.
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