11 days in Montana, Wyoming & South Dakota Itinerary

11 days in Montana, Wyoming & South Dakota Itinerary

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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
— 1 night
Rapid City
— 2 nights


Glacier National Park — 2 nights

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
On the 4th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, then take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook, then cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and finally stroll through Grinnell Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

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New York City to Glacier National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from New York City to Glacier National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, Glacier National Park is colder at night with lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Grand Teton National Park.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Grand Teton National Park — 2 nights

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): stroll through Menor's Ferry Historical Trail, then take a memorable drive along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, and then take in the awesome beauty at Grand Teton. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier View Turnout, then hike along Taggart Lake, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Canyon Trail, and finally trek along Jenny Lake Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park online vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Glacier National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Glacier National Park in August, with highs in Grand Teton National Park at 30°C and lows at 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yellowstone National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Yellowstone National Park — 3 nights

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake, and explore the striking landscape at Golden Gate Canyon.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park holiday builder website.

Drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in August; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 24°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cody.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Cody — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, then stop by Cowtown Candy Company, then have some family-friendly fun at Cody Firearms Experience, LLC, and finally take an in-depth tour of Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cody sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Cody takes 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August; daily highs in Cody reach 30°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Rapid City.
Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping
Side Trip

Rapid City — 2 nights

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 12th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then browse for treasures at The Farmer's Daughter. On your second day here, enjoy some diversion at Cosmos Mystery Area, then stroll through Bear Country USA, and then browse the exhibits of Suzie Cappa Art Center.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Cody to Rapid City by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Rapid City are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping
Side Trips

Montana travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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 · 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.

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.