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:  9​h 15​min
1
Cody
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
7
Custer
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Interior
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: New York City

1
night
Cody

Cody ©
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.
For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cody online attractions planner .

New York City to Cody is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New York City in May, with highs in Cody at 62°F and lows at 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

#Museums
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Cody Firearms Museum ©
Cody Firearms Museum
Cody Dug Up Gun Museum ©
Cody Dug Up Gun Museum
Buffalo Bill Center of the West ©
Buffalo Bill Center of the West

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin, identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road, and then explore the striking landscape of Lake Butte Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yellowstone National Park.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Cody to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. In May, Yellowstone National Park is little chillier than Cody - with highs of 53°F and lows of 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Midway Geyser Basin ©
Midway Geyser Basin
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park

2
nights
Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole ©
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.
On the 6th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Teton Raptor Center, stroll through Jenny Lake Trail, then make a trip to Oxbow Bend, and finally hike along Cunningham Cabin. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Laurance Rockefeller Preserve and then explore the activities along Jenny Lake.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Jackson Hole trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, with highs in Jackson Hole at 60°F and lows at 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Helena.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Jenny Lake Trail
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Laurance Rockefeller Preserve ©
Laurance Rockefeller Preserve
Jenny Lake ©
Jenny Lake
Oxbow Bend ©
Oxbow Bend

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Helena, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Helena.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Helena visit planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Jackson Hole to Helena in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Jackson Hole in May, expect Helena to be somewhat warmer, temps between 67°F and 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Helena

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Springs State Park, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Great Falls travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Helena to Great Falls takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In May in Great Falls, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
Highlights from your plan
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum

2
nights
Glacier National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald, and then trek along Avalanche Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Hidden Lake, then hike along Highline Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park online trip builder .

You can drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car. In May, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Hidden Lake
Highlights from your plan
Lake McDonald ©
Lake McDonald
Avalanche Lake ©
Avalanche Lake
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

1
night
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 12th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, then admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, then Head underground at Wind Cave National Park, and then take a memorable drive along Needles Highway.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Custer sightseeing app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Glacier National Park to Custer in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Glacier National Park in May, expect nights in Custer to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are little chillier, around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Interior.

Things to do in Custer

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Rapid City, Wind Cave National Park, Needles Highway
Highlights from your plan
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum

3
nights
Interior

Interior ©
Interior is a town in Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, take an in-depth tour of Delta-09 Missile Silo, browse the exhibits of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, then take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally stroll through Notch Trail.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Interior day trip planner .

Getting from Custer to Interior by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Custer in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Interior: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 42°F at night. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Interior

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Philip, Delta-09 Missile Silo
Highlights from your plan
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead

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