12 days in Montana, Wyoming & South Dakota Itinerary

12 days in Montana, Wyoming & South Dakota Itinerary

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Grand Teton National Park
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Jackson Hole
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Rapid City


Bozeman — 2 nights

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. On the 12th (Mon), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then trek along Ousel Falls Trail. Keep things going the next day: see the sky in a new way at Museum of the Rockies, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, and then sample the fine beverages at Bozeman Spirits Distillery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bozeman trip planner.

Atlanta to Bozeman is an approximately 8-hour flight. 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. While traveling from Atlanta, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Bozeman, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cody.
Childrens Museums · Museums · Outdoors · Trails
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Cody — 2 nights

Preferred Gateway to Yellowstone

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 14th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Cody Heritage Museum, see the interesting displays at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum, then see the interesting displays at Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and finally see the interesting displays at Cody Firearms Museum. On the next day, look for gifts at Cowtown Candy Company, then see human ingenuity at work at Buffalo Bill Dam, then have some family-friendly fun at Cody Firearms Experience, LLC, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Trail Town.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cody road trip tool.

You can drive from Bozeman to Cody in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bozeman in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cody, with lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Grand Teton National Park.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games
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Grand Teton National Park — 2 nights

Mountains of the Imagination

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
On the 16th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Teton. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of the Sacred Heart, cruise along Signal Mountain Summit Road, then take a memorable drive along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, and finally trek along Jenny Lake Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Grand Teton National Park tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Cody to Grand Teton National Park in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Cody in June, plan for little chillier nights in Grand Teton National Park, with lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Jackson Hole.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Jackson Hole — 2 nights

The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
On the 18th (Sun), experience rural life at T.A. Moulton Barn, then identify plant and animal life at Laurance Rockefeller Preserve, then contemplate the waterfront views at Jenny Lake, and finally identify plant and animal life at Oxbow Bend. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try your luck at Jackson Hole Rodeo, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Wildlife Art, then don't miss a visit to Jackson Town Square, and finally don't miss a visit to Antler Arches of Jackson.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Jackson Hole vacation site.

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Jackson Hole in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in June, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to fly to Custer.
Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games · Museums
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Custer — 2 nights

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road, then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and finally take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road. On your second day here, go for a walk through Breezy Point Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and finally pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Custer sightseeing website.

Fly from Jackson Hole to Custer in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Custer when traveling from Jackson Hole in June, with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rapid City.
Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Rapid City

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City itinerary planning app.

Drive from Custer to Rapid City in an hour. Traveling from Custer in June, Rapid City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 57°F. You will leave for home on the 21st (Wed).
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
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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.

Wyoming travel guide

Hot Springs · River Rafting & Tubing · Wildlife Areas
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.

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.