10 days in Montana, Wyoming & South Dakota Itinerary

10 days in Montana, Wyoming & South Dakota Itinerary

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

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone day trip app.

Saint Michael to West Yellowstone is an approximately 12.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saint Michael to West Yellowstone. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Saint Michael in July since evenings lows in West Yellowstone dip to 39°F. You'll set off for Yellowstone National Park on the 4th (Sun).

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.
Visiting Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Old Faithful will get you outdoors. There's more to do: explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake and take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin.

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Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Yellowstone National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Yellowstone National Park sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Jackson.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks

Jackson

— 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, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Jackson trip planning website.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson in 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 July: highs in Jackson hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA and then take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at 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, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rapid City trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Jackson to Rapid City by car takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Jackson in July, with highs in Rapid City at 85°F and lows at 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Montana travel guide

4.8
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

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.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
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.