13 days in Wyoming & South Dakota Itinerary

13 days in Wyoming & South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Laramie
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Laramie
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thermopolis
— 1 night
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
Fly
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rapid City
— 3 nights
Fly

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Laramie

— 2 nights
Laramie is a city and the county seat of Albany County, Wyoming, United States. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site and Deadman Lookout. Escape the urban bustle at Medicine Bow National Forest and Poudre Canyon. When in Laramie, make a side trip to see Abbey of St. Walburga in Virginia Dale, approximately Virginia Dale away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Ivinson Mansion, look for all kinds of wild species at Deerwood Ranch Wild Horse EcoSanctuary, appreciate the history behind Ames Monument, and trek along Laramie River Greenbelt Trail.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Laramie road trip planner.

Durham to Laramie is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Laramie is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Durham, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Laramie, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Thermopolis.

Things to do in Laramie

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Thermopolis

— 1 night
Thermopolis is the largest town in, and the county seat of Hot Springs County, Wyoming, United States. On the 19th (Wed), indulge in some personalized pampering at TePee Pools and Spa, cool off at The Star Plunge, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs State Park.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Thermopolis day trip planner.

Drive from Laramie to Thermopolis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Laramie in August, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Thermopolis: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Thermopolis

Nature · Parks · Spas · Theme Parks

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 20th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and finally explore the striking landscape at Biscuit Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): trek along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail, and then take in breathtaking views at S Rim Trail.

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Drive from Thermopolis to Yellowstone National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from Thermopolis in August, Yellowstone National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Jackson Hole

— 2 nights
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Teton Raptor Center, don't miss a visit to Town Square, don't miss a visit to Antler Arches of Jackson, then make a trip to Wild By Nature Gallery, and finally explore and take pictures at Moose Wilson Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Cascade Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at Inspiration Point, and then hike along Taggart Lake.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Jackson Hole vacation builder tool.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Jackson Hole, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Badlands National Park

— 2 nights
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): hike along Castle Trail, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Yellow Mounds Overlook, hike along Saddle Pass Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Burns Basin Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape of Homestead Overlook.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip builder website.

You can fly from Jackson Hole to Badlands National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In August, Badlands National Park is somewhat warmer than Jackson Hole - with highs of 87°F and lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Rapid City

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 26th (Wed), have some family-friendly fun at Cosmos Mystery Area, then pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Canyon Lake Park. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at America's Founding Fathers Exhibit, examine the collection at Museum of Geology, then get outside with Main Street Square, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City day trip website.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
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.