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 23rd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Amphitheater Lake. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Leigh Lake.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Moran online trip maker.

Tallahassee to Moran is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tallahassee to Moran. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Tallahassee in June, with highs in Moran at 72°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive 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 25th (Sat): stroll through Earthquake Lake, then 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. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone trip planner.

Traveling by car from Moran to West Yellowstone takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in June, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Buffalo Bill State Park, 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 see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cody holiday planner.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Cody in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in June: high temperatures in Cody hover around 75°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Notch Trail and Museum of Geology. Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Wades Gold Mill (in Hill City), Horseback Riding Tours (in Custer) and Door Trail (in Badlands National Park). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Elk Peak, get your game on at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, and take an in-depth tour of America's Founding Fathers Exhibit.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rapid City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cody to Rapid City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cody in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 57°F in Rapid City. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for the flight 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.