8 days in Wyoming, Montana & Idaho Itinerary

8 days in Wyoming, Montana & Idaho Itinerary

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Cody
— 1 night
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
3
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Boise
— 2 nights
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Cody

— 1 night

Preferred Gateway to Yellowstone

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.
On the 28th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Cody Firearms Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Buffalo Bill Center of the West. On your second day here, get a new perspective on nature at Draper Natural History Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Plains Indian Museum, and then examine the collection at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum.

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Washington DC to Cody is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Cody due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in September, with highs in Cody at 70°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Museums

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Biscuit Basin, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin, and finally explore the striking landscape at Artists Paintpots. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and finally take in the natural beauty of Black Sand Basin.

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Getting from Cody to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, Yellowstone National Park is a bit cooler than Cody - with highs of 60°F and lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks

West Yellowstone

— 2 nights
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 (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Yellowstone, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Getting from Yellowstone National Park to West Yellowstone by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daytime highs in West Yellowstone are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Boise.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Boise

— 2 nights

City of Trees

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 4th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at World Center For Birds of Prey, then identify plant and animal life at Morrison-Knudsen Nature Center, and then contemplate the long history of Old Idaho Penitentiary.

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Drive from West Yellowstone to Boise in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from West Yellowstone in October, things will get a bit warmer in Boise: highs are around 67°F and lows about 43°F. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Boise

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
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.

Montana travel guide

4.8
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.

Idaho travel guide

4.6
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Waterfalls
The Gem State
The mountainous state of Idaho houses some of the country's largest stretches of unspoiled nature. There are plenty of opportunities for adventurous holidays here, with rapids, canyons, snow-capped mountains, expansive lakes, and waterfalls higher than Niagara Falls. Those on vacation with access to a car can enjoy some of the most scenic drives in the nation while traversing Idaho's rugged landscape. Boise, the state's capital and most populous city, provides cultural attractions such as museums, galleries, and theater. The students of Boise State University contribute to the city's vibrant and growing nightlife scene.