9 days in Wyoming, Montana & South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in Wyoming, Montana & South Dakota Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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 (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Amphitheater Lake. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Leigh Lake.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Moran sightseeing planner.

Tallahassee to Moran is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tallahassee to Moran due to the time zone difference. In June, Moran is much colder than Tallahassee - with highs of 72°F and lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.
Nature · Parks · 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 11th (Sat): steep yourself in history at 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: find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the West Yellowstone tour itinerary site.

You can drive from Moran to West Yellowstone in 2.5 hours. In June in West Yellowstone, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): admire the majestic 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.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cody trip planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Cody takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in June, with highs in Cody at 75°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Notch Trail and Museum of Geology. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Horseback Riding Tours (in Custer), Door Trail (in Badlands National Park) and Wades Gold Mill (in Hill City). There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, take in the awesome beauty at Black Elk Peak, and see the interesting displays at America's Founding Fathers Exhibit.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City online road trip planner.

Getting from Cody to Rapid City by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cody in June, Rapid City is a bit warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) 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.