9 days in Wyoming, Montana & South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in Wyoming, Montana & South Dakota Itinerary

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Fly to Jackson Hole Airport, Drive to Moran
— 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 1st (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Amphitheater Lake. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Leigh Lake.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Moran tour itinerary planning tool.

Tallahassee to Moran is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Tallahassee in July, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Moran: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.
Parks · Nature · 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): explore the activities along Earthquake Lake, examine the collection at Museum of the Yellowstone, then stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone attractions tool.

You can drive from Moran to West Yellowstone in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Moran in July, West Yellowstone is little chillier at night with lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cody.
Tours · Outdoors · 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 5th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Buffalo Bill State Park, admire the sheer force of The Buffalo Bill Reservoir, and then get a new perspective on nature at Draper Natural History Museum.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cody online trip builder.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Cody in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in July, with highs in Cody at 83°F and lows at 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Rapid City.
Parks · Nature · Museums

Rapid City — 3 nights

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Notch Trail and Horseback Riding Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Wades Gold Mill (in Hill City) and Door Trail (in Badlands National Park). There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, examine the collection at Museum of Geology, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Elk Peak, and get engrossed in the history at America's Founding Fathers Exhibit.

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You can fly from Cody to Rapid City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 62°F. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums
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.

Montana travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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.