10 days in South Dakota & Wyoming Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota & Wyoming Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip 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
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
Fly
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Laramie
— 1 night
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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 11th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial and then stroll through Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Custer trip tool.

Boston to Custer is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Boston to Custer, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Custer, with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Spearfish.

Things to do in Custer

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Spearfish

Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. On the 13th (Mon), explore the galleries of Adams House.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Spearfish trip planner.

Drive from Custer to Spearfish in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Spearfish can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. On the 13th (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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Tower National Monument.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Devils Tower day trip planning site.

You can drive from Spearfish to Devils Tower in an hour. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. September in Devils Tower sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow 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 14th (Tue), see the interesting displays 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 get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally enjoy some diversion at Cody Night Rodeo.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cody attractions planner.

You can 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 September in Cody, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 48°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful and then identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, and then take in the natural beauty of Mammoth Hot Springs.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Cody to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. In September, Yellowstone National Park is little chillier than Cody - with highs of 60°F and lows of 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Teton Point Turnout and then make a trip to Antler Arches of Jackson. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at String Lake, stroll through Oxbow Bend, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Transfiguration.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Jackson Hole trip website.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, expect nights in Jackson Hole to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Laramie.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Laramie

— 1 night
Laramie is a city and the county seat of Albany County, Wyoming, United States. On the 19th (Sun), take a peaceful walk through Medicine Bow National Forest and then steep yourself in history at Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Laramie journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Jackson Hole to Laramie takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 41°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Mon) before leaving for 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 · River Rafting & Tubing · History Museums
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.