8 days in Wyoming & South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in Wyoming & South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner
Make it your trip
Jackson Hole
— 1 night
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Rapid City
— 2 nights


Jackson Hole — 1 night

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 25th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Mormon Row Historic District and then let the river carry you with Barker-Ewing Whitewater. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Teton.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Jackson Hole road trip planning tool.

Indianapolis to Jackson Hole is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Indianapolis to Jackson Hole, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Indianapolis in June, expect nights in Jackson Hole to be cooler, around 39°F, while days are slightly colder, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours
Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park — 4 nights

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, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Loop Road, and trek along Observation Point Trail.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone National Park takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Jackson Hole in June, things will get little chillier in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 66°F and lows about 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to fly to Rapid City.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Rapid City — 2 nights

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 1st (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Black Hills Helicopters, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and finally explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Pawnseum and then stroll through Bear Country USA.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rapid City online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Rapid City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, expect nights in Rapid City to be much warmer, around 57°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping
Side Trips

Wyoming travel guide

Hot Springs · River Rafting & Tubing · History Museums
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.

South Dakota travel guide

National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.