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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the activities along Amphitheater Lake. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Leigh Lake.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Moran online travel route builder.

Tallahassee to Moran is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Tallahassee in October, things will get colder in Moran: highs are around 55°F and lows about 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the activities along Earthquake Lake, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Yellowstone, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

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Traveling by car from Moran to West Yellowstone takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Moran, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in West Yellowstone, ranging from highs of 50°F to lows of 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can 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 13th (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Buffalo Bill State Park, take in the dramatic scenery at The Buffalo Bill Reservoir, and then get a new perspective on nature at Draper Natural History Museum.

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Getting from West Yellowstone to Cody by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in October, with highs in Cody at 57°F and lows at 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and Black Elk Peak. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Badlands National Park (Door Trail & Notch Trail), Horseback Riding Tours (in Custer) and Wades Gold Mill (in Hill City). There's more to do: examine the collection at Museum of Geology and take an in-depth tour of America's Founding Fathers Exhibit.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rapid City online attractions planner.

Getting from Cody to Rapid City by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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.