18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Crazy Horse
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Cody
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Jackson Hole
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 6th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel In the Hills, identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reptile Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Storybook Island, then take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, and then get engrossed in the history at Pawnseum.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rapid City road trip site .

New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Rapid City is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Rapid City, with lows around 47°F. You will leave for Crazy Horse on the 8th (Sat).

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills

2
nights
Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse ©
On the 8th (Sat), stop by Old Fashioned Fudge and then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, stop by Custer County Candy Co, then take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, and finally explore the activities along Sylvan Lake.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Crazy Horse road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Crazy Horse takes an hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rapid City in September: high temperatures in Crazy Horse hover around 69°F and lows are around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Cody.

Things to do in Crazy Horse

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Old Fashioned Fudge
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Cody Firearms Research and then take an in-depth tour of Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cody vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Crazy Horse to Cody takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Buffalo Bill Center of the West ©
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Cody Firearms Museum ©
Cody Firearms Museum

5
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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, trails, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, take in panoramic vistas at Observation Point Trail, and take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Cody to Yellowstone National Park takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Cody in September, things will get little chillier in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 62°F and lows about 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

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

3
nights
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
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.
Spend the 17th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Solitude, trek along Taggart Lake, admire the verdant scenery at Amphitheater Lake, and take a memorable drive along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Teton National Park trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Taggart Lake ©
Taggart Lake
Mormon Row Historic District ©
Mormon Row Historic District

3
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 20th (Thu), explore the world behind art at National Museum of Wildlife Art, identify plant and animal life at National Elk Refuge, then stop by Made, then make a trip to Town Square, and finally don't miss a visit to Jackson Hole Shootout. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Bridger Gondola and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rendezvous Mountain.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Jackson Hole online travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Grand Teton National Park to Jackson Hole takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors Museums Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Rendezvous Mountain ©
Rendezvous Mountain
National Museum of Wildlife Art ©
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Town Square ©
Town Square

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