10 days in Montana, Wyoming & South Dakota Itinerary

10 days in Montana, Wyoming & South Dakota Itinerary

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West Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
— 2 nights
Rapid City
— 2 nights


West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
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Saint Michael to West Yellowstone is an approximately 12.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Saint Michael to West Yellowstone, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Saint Michael in October since evenings lows in West Yellowstone dip to 25°F. You will leave for Yellowstone National Park on the 21st (Thu).

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Take a break from the city and head to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Upper Geyser Basin. There's more to do: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful and contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in October, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Jackson.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks


— 2 nights

Last of the Old West

The town of Jackson serves as a base for trips to the nearby Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, National Elk Refuge, and several ski resorts.
For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Jackson road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October: highs in Jackson hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Jackson

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rapid City

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA and then wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rapid City attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Jackson to Rapid City takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Jackson in October, things will get a bit warmer in Rapid City: highs are around 62°F and lows about 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Montana travel guide

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.

Wyoming travel guide

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.

South Dakota travel guide

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.