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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Amphitheater Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): explore the activities along Leigh Lake.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Moran trip maker.

Tallahassee to Moran is an approximately 32-hour car ride. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In September, Moran is cooler than Tallahassee - with highs of 68°F and lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
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 14th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Earthquake Lake, then 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 your second day here, get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read West Yellowstone route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Moran to West Yellowstone takes 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Moran in September since evenings lows in West Yellowstone dip to 32°F. 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.
Start off your visit 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 learn more about the world around you at Draper Natural History Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cody trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Cody by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit 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.
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 Door Trail and Notch Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Horseback Riding Tours (in Custer) and Wades Gold Mill (in Hill City). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Black Elk Peak, examine the collection at Museum of Geology, get your game on at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, and get engrossed in the history at America's Founding Fathers Exhibit.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip planner.

You can fly from Cody to Rapid City in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for the flight 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.