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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and finally explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park route 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 colder nights when traveling from New York City in July since evenings lows in Glacier National Park dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Grand Teton National Park.
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Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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 13th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Menor's Ferry Historical Trail, then take a memorable drive along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Teton. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Glacier View Turnout, trek along Taggart Lake, then trek along Cascade Canyon Trail, and finally trek along Jenny Lake Trail.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Grand Teton National Park sightseeing planner.

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. Traveling from Glacier National Park in July, things will get little chillier in Grand Teton National Park: highs are around 79°F and lows about 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can 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, take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, tour the pleasant surroundings at Observation Point Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Golden Gate Canyon.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in July, things will get a bit cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 73°F and lows about 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) 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 18th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, then look for gifts at 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.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cody travel route planner.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Cody in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, things will get a bit warmer in Cody: highs are around 83°F and lows about 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the flight 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 19th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then look for gifts at The Farmer's Daughter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): get your game on at Cosmos Mystery Area, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Country USA, and then shop like a local with Suzie Cappa Art Center.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rapid City trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Cody to Rapid City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for the flight 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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