10 days in South Dakota & Wyoming Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota & Wyoming Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Custer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Spearfish
Drive
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Devils Tower
Drive
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Cody
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
Fly
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Laramie
— 1 night
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport

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Custer

— 2 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Custer road trip planning app.

Boston to Custer is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Custer is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Boston in July, expect little chillier with lows of 53°F in Custer. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Spearfish.

Things to do in Custer

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Spearfish

Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Adams House.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Spearfish trip planner.

Traveling by car from Custer to Spearfish takes 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Spearfish due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 58°F. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Spearfish

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Devils Tower

A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Devils Tower National Monument.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Devils Tower trip builder app.

You can drive from Spearfish to Devils Tower in an hour. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cody.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Cody

— 2 nights

Preferred Gateway to Yellowstone

A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
On the 20th (Tue), examine the collection at Cody Firearms Museum, take an in-depth tour of Buffalo Bill Center of the West, then examine the collection at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and finally catch a live event at Cody Nightly Rodeo.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cody visit planning tool.

Drive from Devils Tower to Cody in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Cody are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Wed) before leaving for Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Museums · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 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.
On the 21st (Wed), witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful and then look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Loop Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin, and then take in the natural beauty of Mammoth Hot Springs.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Cody to Yellowstone National Park takes 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cody in July, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 73°F and lows at 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Jackson Hole

— 2 nights
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
On the 23rd (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Teton Point Turnout and then make a trip to Antler Arches of Jackson. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of String Lake, identify plant and animal life at Oxbow Bend, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Transfiguration.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Jackson Hole sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Jackson Hole, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Laramie.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Laramie

— 1 night
Laramie is a city and the county seat of Albany County, Wyoming, United States. On the 25th (Sun), take a peaceful walk through Medicine Bow National Forest and then steep yourself in history at Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Laramie attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Jackson Hole to Laramie takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Jackson Hole in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Laramie, with lows of 50°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Laramie

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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.

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.