12 days in Wyoming, Montana & Idaho Itinerary

12 days in Wyoming, Montana & Idaho Itinerary

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Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Cody
— 1 night
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West Yellowstone
— 1 night
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Wallace
— 2 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
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Grand Teton National Park

— 2 nights

Mountains of the Imagination

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.
Get in touch with nature at 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive and Inspiration Point. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Teton Park Road and Menor's Ferry Historical Trail. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Snake River, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hermitage Point, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Group, and identify plant and animal life at Blacktail Ponds Overlook.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Teton National Park tour planner.

New York City to Grand Teton National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from New York City in August, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Grand Teton National Park: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, then take in the natural beauty of Blue Star Spring, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Observation Point Trail, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Aurum Geyser. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Firehole Canyon Drive, admire the sheer force of Gibbon Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Paintpots, then take in the dramatic natural features at Beryl Spring, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Monument Geyser Basin.

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You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. In August, Yellowstone National Park is little chillier than Grand Teton National Park - with highs of 70°F and lows of 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cody.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Cody

— 1 night

Preferred Gateway to Yellowstone

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 11th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Draper Natural History Museum, then examine the collection at Plains Indian Museum, and then examine the collection at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cody trip planner.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Cody by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, Cody is a bit warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 79°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Cody

Museums

West Yellowstone

— 1 night
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Two Top, look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Cody to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cody in August, West Yellowstone is a bit cooler at night with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wallace.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Wallace

— 2 nights
Wallace is a small historic city in the Panhandle region of the U.S. state of Idaho and the county seat of Shoshone County in the Silver Valley mining district. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Wallace Mining Museum, take in breathtaking views at Hiawatha Mountain Bike Trail, and then take in the awesome beauty at Silver Mountain Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Oasis Bordello Museum, examine the collection at Northern Pacific Depot, take in the history at Old Mission State Park, then take in the history at Cataldo Mission, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Historic Wallace.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Wallace online visit planner.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Wallace in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from West Yellowstone to Wallace is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Wallace when traveling from West Yellowstone in August, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Wallace

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 2 nights

Crown of the Continent

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 15th (Sun): cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, then get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, then hike along Cracker Lake Hike, and finally appreciate the views at Logan Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Wallace to Glacier National Park. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Wallace in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Glacier National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
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.

Montana travel guide

4.8
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.

Idaho travel guide

4.6
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Waterfalls
The Gem State
The mountainous state of Idaho houses some of the country's largest stretches of unspoiled nature. There are plenty of opportunities for adventurous holidays here, with rapids, canyons, snow-capped mountains, expansive lakes, and waterfalls higher than Niagara Falls. Those on vacation with access to a car can enjoy some of the most scenic drives in the nation while traversing Idaho's rugged landscape. Boise, the state's capital and most populous city, provides cultural attractions such as museums, galleries, and theater. The students of Boise State University contribute to the city's vibrant and growing nightlife scene.