15 days in Wyoming, Montana & South Dakota Itinerary

15 days in Wyoming, Montana & South Dakota Itinerary

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15 days in Wyoming, Montana & South Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Jackson
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Moran
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  7​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Jackson

Jackson ©
The town of Jackson serves as a base for trips to the nearby Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, National Elk Refuge, and several ski resorts.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Schwabacher Landing.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Jackson trip builder.

New York City to Jackson is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Jackson, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Yellowstone National Park.
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Town Square ©
Town Square

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
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, scenic drive, sightseeing, trails, and wildlife areas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, tour the pleasant surroundings at S Rim Trail, and explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jackson to Yellowstone National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Jackson in August; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 71°F and lows reach 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Moran.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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Moran

Moran ©
Moran is an unincorporated community in south central Teton County, Wyoming, United States, which serves as one of the principal fee collection entrances to Grand Teton National Park. On the 3rd (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Teton.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Moran trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Moran in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Moran, with highs around 54°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Moran

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Grand Teton
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Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

4
nights
Glacier National Park

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.
Step out of Glacier National Park to go to West Glacier and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 54 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Wed) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, stroll through Grinnell Glacier, and hike along Iceberg Lake Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip generator.

Traveling by car from Moran to Glacier National Park takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Moran in September, expect nights in Glacier National Park to be about the same, around 39°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, and then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rapid City travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Glacier National Park to Rapid City in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Glacier National Park in September since evenings lows in Rapid City dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Crazy Horse Memorial, Needles Eye Tunnel, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA

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