22 days in Montana, Wyoming & South Dakota Itinerary

22 days in Montana, Wyoming & South Dakota Itinerary

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22 days in Montana, Wyoming & South Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
West Glacier
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Cody
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
End: New York City

4
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier ©
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Visiting Going-to-the-Sun Road and Iceberg Lake Trail will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Garden Wall and Depot Park. Get out of town with these interesting West Glacier side-trips: City Beach (in Whitefish) and Glacier National Park (Virginia Falls, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, & more). There's more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the West Glacier tour builder app .

New York City to West Glacier is an approximately 10-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to West Glacier is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, you will find days in West Glacier are slightly colder (75°F), and nights are colder (45°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glacier National Park, Depot Park, City Beach
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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.
Get outdoors at Grand Teton and Taggart Lake. And it doesn't end there: cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Transfiguration, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier View Turnout, and admire all the interesting features of Teton Park Road.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Teton National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Fly from West Glacier to Grand Teton National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from West Glacier in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Grand Teton National Park, with lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Cascade Canyon Trail ©
Cascade Canyon Trail
Taggart Lake ©
Taggart Lake

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.
Popular historic sites such as S Rim Trail and Uncle Tom's Trail are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grand Prismatic Spring. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Loop Road, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, hike along Artist Point, and cruise along Firehole Canyon Drive.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park day trip planner .

Getting from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in June, expect Yellowstone National Park to be little chillier, temps between 66°F and 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

1
night
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Yellowstone Historic Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read West Yellowstone online holiday planner .

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to West Yellowstone in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in West Yellowstone are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): trot along with a tour on horseback and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Gardiner online tour planner .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Gardiner takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Gardiner are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cody.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Horseback Riding Tours

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 4th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, have some family-friendly fun at Cody Firearms Experience, LLC, then see the interesting displays at Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and finally see the interesting displays at Cody Firearms Museum. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Trail Town, and then explore and take pictures at Chief Joseph Hwy.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cody trip planner .

You can drive from Gardiner to Cody in 3.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gardiner in July: high temperatures in Cody hover around 83°F and lows are around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Cody

Museums Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, Chief Joseph Hwy
Highlights from your plan
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center ©
Buffalo Bill Center of the West ©
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Cody Firearms Experience, LLC ©
Cody Firearms Experience, LLC

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Get outdoors at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Wildlife Loop Road. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Downtown Rapid City and Suzie Cappa Art Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Sylvan Lake, & more). There's more to do: do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City route maker website .

You can fly from Cody to Rapid City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer, Prairie Berry Winery, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

2
nights
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.
On the 9th (Thu), admire all the interesting features of Loop Road and then explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park holiday builder app .

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Rapid City in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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