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.
On the 30th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, then explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road, and finally stroll through Grinnell Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): stroll around Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

For maps and other tourist information, read our Glacier National Park trip builder site.

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 a bit cooler nights when traveling from New York City in May since evenings lows in Glacier National Park dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to fly 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.
On the 1st (Wed), hike along 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. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier View Turnout, then hike along Taggart Lake, then hike along Cascade Canyon Trail, and finally trek along Jenny Lake Trail.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Grand Teton National Park trip itinerary planning 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. In May, Grand Teton National Park is little chillier than Glacier National Park - with highs of 60°F and lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough 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: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake, take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, and explore the striking landscape of Lake Butte Overlook.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park visit planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 1.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in June: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 66°F and lows are around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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.
On the 6th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, then look for gifts at Cowtown Candy Company, then hit the bull's-eye at Cody Firearms Experience, LLC, and finally take an in-depth tour of Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cody trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Cody by car takes about 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June: high temperatures in Cody hover around 75°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (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.
On the 7th (Tue), appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then browse for treasures at The Farmer's Daughter. Keep things going the next day: take an unorthodox tour of Cosmos Mystery Area, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Country USA, and then take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Cody to Rapid City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cody in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rapid City, with lows around 57°F. On the 8th (Wed), 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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