29 days in Rapid City, Cody & Yellowstone Country Itinerary

29 days in Rapid City, Cody & Yellowstone Country Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner
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Rapid City
— 4 nights
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Cody
— 3 nights
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Red Lodge
— 3 nights
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Cooke City
— 4 nights
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Gardiner
— 5 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 5 nights
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Bozeman
— 3 nights
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Rapid City — 4 nights

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Devils Tower (Tower Trail & Devils Tower National Monument), Custer (Custer State Park & Sylvan Lake) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, get in on the family fun at Storybook Island, take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, and appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rapid City tour itinerary maker tool.

Marseille, France to Rapid City is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Marseille in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Rapid City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to fly to Cody.
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Cody — 3 nights

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.
Cody is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Buffalo Bill Center of the West, see the interesting displays at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum, trek along Paul Stock Nature Trail, and steep yourself in history at Old Trail Town.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cody trip planner.

You can fly from Rapid City to Cody in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Cody are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Red Lodge.
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Red Lodge — 3 nights

Red Lodge is a city in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana, United States. Red Lodge is known for winter sports, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: trek along Silver Run Trails, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Fork Trail, look for gifts at Babcock & Miles, and examine the collection at Carbon County Historical Society and Museum.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Red Lodge trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cody to Red Lodge takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Red Lodge are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive to Cooke City.
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Cooke City — 4 nights

Cooke City-Silver Gate is a census-designated place (CDP) in Park County, Montana, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cooke City: Yellowstone National Park (S Rim Trail, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, &more). There's still lots to do: cruise along Beartooth Hwy.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cooke City trip builder website.

Drive from Red Lodge to Cooke City in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Red Lodge in July, things will get a bit cooler in Cooke City: highs are around 26°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Gardiner.
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Gardiner — 5 nights

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yellowstone National Park (Hayden Valley, Lookout Point, &more). There's more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Start your trip to Gardiner by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Cooke City to Gardiner by car takes about 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.
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West Yellowstone — 5 nights

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Get out of town with these interesting West Yellowstone side-trips: Yellowstone National Park (Yellowstone Lake, Elephant Back Mountain, &more). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River, see what you can catch with Madison River Outfitters, and find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in West Yellowstone are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bozeman.
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Bozeman — 3 nights

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Change things up with these side-trips from Bozeman: Livingston (Pine Creek Trail & Yellowstone Guidelines) and Big Sky (Horseback Riding Tours & River Rafting & Tubing). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Rockies, get outside with Broken Hart Ranch, and see the interesting displays at American Computer & Robotics Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bozeman holiday website.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August, Bozeman is a bit warmer than West Yellowstone - with highs of 34°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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