16 days in Montana & Wyoming Itinerary

16 days in Montana & Wyoming Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cody
— 2 nights
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Grand Teton National Park
— 4 nights
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Glacier National Park

— 3 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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, explore the striking landscape of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Glacier National Park visit planner.

New York City to Glacier National Park is an approximately 8.5-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. When traveling from New York City in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Glacier National Park, with highs around 70°F, while nights are colder with lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Cody.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Cody

— 2 nights

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.
On the 7th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, then examine the collection at Cody Firearms Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): cruise along Chief Joseph Hwy, then admire the engineering at Buffalo Bill Dam, and then practice your aim at Cody Firearms Experience, LLC.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cody itinerary planner.

You can fly from Glacier National Park to Cody in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Glacier National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cody, with lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Cody

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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 9th (Thu): head outdoors with Madison River Outfitters, identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read West Yellowstone day trip site.

Drive from Cody to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cody in September, expect West Yellowstone to be a bit cooler, temps between 64°F and 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Yellowstone National Park

— 5 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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Lone Star Geyser, explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake, and take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip builder site.

Drive from West Yellowstone to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. September in Yellowstone National Park sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Grand Teton National Park

— 4 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.
Grand Teton National Park is known for wildlife, scenic drive, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Transfiguration, explore and take pictures at Signal Mountain Summit Road, and take a memorable drive along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Grand Teton National Park travel planner.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Teton National Park, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

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.

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.