16 days in Wyoming, Montana & South Dakota Itinerary

16 days in Wyoming, Montana & South Dakota Itinerary

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16 days in Wyoming, Montana & South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Ridgefield
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
1
Jackson Hole
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 30​min
4
Keystone
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
End: Ridgefield

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Leigh Lake and Museum of Idaho. Chapel of the Transfiguration and Mormon Row Historic District will appeal to history buffs. Explore Jackson Hole's surroundings by going to Idaho Falls (Idaho Falls River Walk & Snake River Greenbelt) and Inspiration Point (in Grand Teton National Park). There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Moose Wilson Road, make a trip to Antler Arches of Jackson, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Wildlife Art, and identify plant and animal life at Teton Raptor Center.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Jackson Hole trip planner .

Ridgefield to Jackson Hole is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Ridgefield to Jackson Hole. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ridgefield in August since evenings lows in Jackson Hole dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Grand Teton National Park, Idaho Falls
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Oxbow Bend ©
Oxbow Bend
Teton Raptor Center ©
Teton Raptor Center
Inspiration Point ©
Inspiration Point

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Lone Star Geyser and S Rim Trail. Visiting Gibbon Falls and Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, take in the dramatic natural features at Artists’ Paintpots, tour the pleasant surroundings at Artist Point, and identify plant and animal life at Firehole Canyon Drive.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip maker site .

You can drive from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. In August, Yellowstone National Park is little chillier than Jackson Hole - with highs of 70°F and lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Biscuit Basin ©
Biscuit Basin
Firehole Canyon Drive ©
Firehole Canyon Drive
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yellowstone Historic Center and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and Ousel Falls Trail. Take a break from West Yellowstone with a short trip to The Soldiers Chapel in Big Sky, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Earthquake Lake, identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, and head outdoors with Yellowstone Nature Connection.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in West Yellowstone are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Big Sky
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Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial has been added to your itinerary. On the 29th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Legion Lake, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, then get a new perspective on nature at Native American Educational and Cultural Center, and finally get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Big Thunder Gold Mine, stop by Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium, then admire all the interesting features of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then examine the collection at National Presidential Wax Museum, and finally putt your heart out at Holy Terror Mini Golf.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Keystone travel route builder .

Getting from West Yellowstone to Keystone by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from West Yellowstone in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Keystone, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Native American Educational and Cultural Center, The Museum @ Black Hills Institute
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Legion Lake ©
Legion Lake
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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