18 days in South Dakota & Wyoming Itinerary

18 days in South Dakota & Wyoming Itinerary

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18 days in South Dakota & Wyoming Itinerary

Start: Charleston
Fly + Taxi:  8​h 15​min
1
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Devils Tower
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Cheyenne
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Cody
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Charleston

1
night
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Charleston to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Charleston to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Wall Drug, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs), Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium (in Keystone) and Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, stroll through Presidential Trail, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Custer road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Custer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to Custer is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Custer are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Things That Rock, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Windcross Conservancy
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

1
night
Devils Tower

Devils Tower ©
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Devils Tower trip maker tool .

Getting from Custer to Devils Tower by car takes about 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Cody.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument

2
nights
Cheyenne

Cheyenne
Cheyenne is the capital and most populous city of the US state of Wyoming and the county seat of Laramie County. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Historic Governors' Mansion, get engrossed in the history at Wyoming State Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Vedauwoo. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, then examine the collection at Cheyenne Depot Museum, and then get lost in a book at Laramie County Public Library.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cheyenne holiday builder site .

Getting from Devils Tower to Cheyenne by combination of car, flight, and shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and shuttle. In July in Cheyenne, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cody.

Things to do in Cheyenne

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Vedauwoo
Highlights from your plan
Wyoming State Museum
Wyoming State Museum
Vedauwoo ©
Vedauwoo
Laramie County Public Library ©
Laramie County Public Library

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): examine the collection at Cody Firearms Museum, see human ingenuity at work at Buffalo Bill Dam, and then contemplate the long history of Old Trail Town.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cody online route planner .

Getting from Cheyenne to Cody by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Buffalo Bill Dam ©
Buffalo Bill Dam
Cody Firearms Museum ©
Cody Firearms Museum
Old Trail Town ©
Old Trail Town

6
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Washburn. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Hayden Valley, and take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park tour planning website .

You can drive from Cody to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. In July, Yellowstone National Park is little chillier than Cody - with highs of 73°F and lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Oxbow Bend Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, identify plant and animal life at National Elk Refuge, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Wildlife Art, then don't miss a visit to Town Square, and finally make a trip to Jackson Hole Shootout.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Jackson Hole trip planner .

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Jackson Hole, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
National Museum of Wildlife Art ©
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Town Square ©
Town Square

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