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 17th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook, then admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, 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. Traveling from New York City in May, plan for little chillier nights in Glacier National Park, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to fly 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): hike along Menor's Ferry Historical Trail, then cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, and then identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier View Turnout, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Taggart Lake, then hike along Cascade Canyon Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Jenny Lake Trail.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Teton National Park travel planning website.

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. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Glacier National Park in May: high temperatures in Grand Teton National Park hover around 60°F and lows are around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough 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, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake, explore the striking landscape at Sheepeater Cliffs, and take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip builder site.

Getting from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in May: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 53°F and lows are around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, look for gifts at Cowtown Candy Company, then hit the bull's-eye at Cody Firearms Experience, LLC, and finally see the interesting displays at Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cody day trip planning tool.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Cody in 2.5 hours. In May, Cody is a bit warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 62°F and lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): 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 the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Cosmos Mystery Area, stroll through Bear Country USA, and then take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Rapid City trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cody to Rapid City by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Rapid City are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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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