11 days in Badlands National Park, Cody & Salt Lake City Itinerary

11 days in Badlands National Park, Cody & Salt Lake City Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Cody
— 1 night
Fly
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Salt Lake City
— 5 nights
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Badlands National Park

Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Escape the urban bustle at Loop Road and Yellow Mounds Overlook. Change things up with a short trip to South Dakota's Original 1880 Town in Murdo (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Bigfoot Pass Overlook, and identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park journey planner.

New York City to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Badlands National Park, with lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cody.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Badlands National Park ©
National Park
Badlands National Park
4.9
Loop Road ©
Must see
Loop Road
4.9

1
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Cody

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Buffalo Bill Center of the West, look for gifts at Cowtown Candy Company, and then steep yourself in history at Old Trail Town. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cody trip planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Cody takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Badlands National Park in June, you will find days in Cody are slightly colder (75°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Cody

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip
Old Trail Town ©
Historic Site
Old Trail Town
4.4

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Salt Lake City

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Visit Temple Square and Salt Lake Temple for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Natural History Museum of Utah and The Tabernacle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salt Lake City: Park City (Fishing Charters & Tours & Park City Mountain Resort) and Deer Valley Resort (in Heber City). There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Great Salt Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Assembly Hall, and get a taste of the local shopping with Art at the Main Gallery.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Salt Lake City journey planning site.

Getting from Cody to Salt Lake City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cody in June: high temperatures in Salt Lake City hover around 89°F and lows are around 62°F. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Temple Square ©
Must see
Temple Square
4.6
Salt Lake Temple ©
Religious Site
Salt Lake Temple
4.5

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