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. On the 25th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Amphitheater Lake. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Leigh Lake.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Moran road trip 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. Traveling from Tallahassee in March, expect Moran to be cooler, temps between 39°F and 19°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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.
On the 27th (Sun), explore the activities along 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. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone trip planner.

Traveling by car from Moran to West Yellowstone takes 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in West Yellowstone can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car 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 29th (Tue): admire the majestic 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 find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cody trip itinerary planner.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Cody by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, Cody is somewhat warmer than West Yellowstone - with highs of 49°F and lows of 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough 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.
Attractions like Museum of Geology and Notch Trail make great kid-friendly stops. Explore hidden gems such as Black Elk Peak and Door Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Horseback Riding Tours (in Custer) and Wades Gold Mill (in Hill City). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at America's Founding Fathers Exhibit and get your game on at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Cody to Rapid City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Rapid City are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. On the 2nd (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.