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
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Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Cody
— 1 night
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park trip planner.

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. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from New York City in July since evenings lows in Glacier National Park dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Grand Teton National Park.
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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 4th (Mon): hike along Menor's Ferry Historical Trail, cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Teton. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier View Turnout, then trek along Taggart Lake, then hike along Cascade Canyon Trail, and finally stroll through Jenny Lake Trail.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Grand Teton National Park tour itinerary builder site.

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 little chillier temperatures traveling from Glacier National Park in July, with highs in Grand Teton National Park at 79°F and lows at 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.
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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, stroll through Inspiration Point, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and trek along Observation Point Trail.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip maker website.

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. In July, Yellowstone National Park is a bit cooler than Grand Teton National Park - with highs of 73°F and lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Cody.
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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 9th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, stop by Cowtown Candy Company, then have some family-friendly fun at Cody Firearms Experience, LLC, and finally get engrossed in the history at Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Cody trip planner.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Cody in 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, with highs in Cody at 83°F and lows at 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Rapid City.
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Rapid City — 2 nights

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 (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Farmer's Daughter. Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at Cosmos Mystery Area, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Country USA, and then view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip app.

You can fly from Cody to Rapid City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 62°F at night. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Montana travel guide

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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.
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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.
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South Dakota travel guide

4.3
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.
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