9 days in Minnesota, Wyoming & Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Minnesota, Wyoming & Colorado Itinerary

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Bloomington
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Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Cody
— 1 night
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Denver
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Bloomington

The city of Bloomington, part of the Minneapolis-St.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art and then browse the different shops at Mall of America. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Wayzata Depot, then delve into the lush surroundings at Baker Park Reserve, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Round Lake Park and Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bloomington trip builder.

New York City to Bloomington is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bloomington, with lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Bloomington

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

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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 31st (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Teton.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Teton National Park trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Bloomington to Grand Teton National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Bloomington to Grand Teton National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bloomington in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Grand Teton National Park, with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Wildlife · Nature · Parks
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Yellowstone National Park

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.
Visit Uncle Tom's Trail and S Rim Trail for their historical value. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Boiling River, take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beaver Ponds Loop Trail, and explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park sightseeing 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 August, expect Yellowstone National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 70°F and 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Cody.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

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Cody

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, then examine the collection at Cody Firearms Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cody tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Cody takes 2.5 hours. In September, Cody is somewhat warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 70°F and lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Cody

Museums

Side Trip

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Denver

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 5th (Sat), see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens. On the next day, shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall and then shop like a local with Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Denver road trip site.

You can fly from Cody to Denver in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cody in September, expect nights in Denver to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Minnesota travel guide

4.4
Shopping Malls · Room Escape Games · Entertainment Centers
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.

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.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.