9 days in Wyoming, Montana & South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in Wyoming, Montana & South Dakota Itinerary

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— 2 nights
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Rapid City
— 3 nights


Moran — 2 nights

Moran is an unincorporated community in south central Teton County, Wyoming, United States, which serves as one of the principal fee collection entrances to Grand Teton National Park. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Amphitheater Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Leigh Lake.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Moran trip itinerary tool.

Tallahassee to Moran is an approximately 32-hour car ride. Traveling from Tallahassee to Moran, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Tallahassee in September: high temperatures in Moran hover around 68°F and lows are around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to West Yellowstone.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trip

West Yellowstone — 2 nights

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the activities along Earthquake Lake, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Yellowstone, then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone holiday builder site.

Getting from Moran to West Yellowstone by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Moran in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 32°F in West Yellowstone. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cody.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Cody — 1 night

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 16th (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Buffalo Bill State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at The Buffalo Bill Reservoir, and then get a new perspective on nature at Draper Natural History Museum.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Cody planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Cody takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from West Yellowstone in September; daily highs in Cody reach 70°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Rapid City.
Nature · Parks · Museums

Rapid City — 3 nights

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Explore hidden gems such as Door Trail and Notch Trail. Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Wades Gold Mill (in Hill City) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Custer). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Black Elk Peak, see the interesting displays at Museum of Geology, have some family-friendly fun at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, and take an in-depth tour of America's Founding Fathers Exhibit.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rapid City trip planner.

You can fly from Cody to Rapid City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 53°F at night. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums
Side Trips

Wyoming travel guide

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

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.

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.