8 days in Wyoming, Montana & Idaho Itinerary

8 days in Wyoming, Montana & Idaho Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Grand Teton National Park
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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West Yellowstone
Drive
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Boise
— 1 night
Fly
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
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Grand Teton National Park

Mountains of the Imagination

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore and take pictures at 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Grand Teton National Park online road trip planner.

Minneapolis to Grand Teton National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in May; daily highs in Grand Teton National Park reach 60°F and lows reach 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Black Sand Basin. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Observation Point Trail, take in the natural beauty of Blue Star Spring, witness a stunning natural landmark at Solitary Geyser, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in May; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 53°F and lows reach 27°F. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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 11th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to West Yellowstone in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 31°F. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Boise.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Boise

— 1 night

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 11th (Tue), hike along Boise River Greenbelt.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Boise online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Boise takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In May, Boise is a bit warmer than West Yellowstone - with highs of 73°F and lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Boise

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Trails

Glacier National Park

— 2 nights

Crown of the Continent

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stroll through Granite Park Trail, then explore the activities along McDonald Creek, then trek along Grinnell Glacier, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cracker Lake Hike. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Avalanche Lake, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald, look for all kinds of wild species at Sun Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Siyeh Pass, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Cedars, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Goat Lick Overlook.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Boise to Glacier National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Boise in May; daily highs in Glacier National Park reach 67°F and lows reach 38°F. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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.