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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): 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 hike along Grinnell Glacier. Here are some ideas for day two: 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 September, you will find days in Glacier National Park are little chillier (70°F), and nights are cooler (40°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Grand Teton National Park.
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): trek 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. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier View Turnout, hike along Taggart Lake, then trek along Cascade Canyon Trail, and finally trek along Jenny Lake Trail.

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Fly from Glacier National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to 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: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake, witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, and explore the striking landscape of Lake Butte Overlook.

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You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in September, expect Yellowstone National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 60°F and 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive 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 19th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, look for gifts at Cowtown Candy Company, then practice your aim at Cody Firearms Experience, LLC, and finally take an in-depth tour of Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

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Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Cody takes 2.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September: high temperatures in Cody hover around 70°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly 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 20th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then stop by The Farmer's Daughter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get your game on at Cosmos Mystery Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, and then take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center.

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You can fly from Cody to Rapid City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Rapid City sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping
Side Trips

Montana travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
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 · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
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.