7 days in South Dakota & Wyoming Itinerary

7 days in South Dakota & Wyoming Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Custer
— 1 night
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Cody
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Jackson Hole
— 1 night

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
On the 18th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, cruise along Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, take in the dramatic natural features at Burns Basin Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and finally take some stellar pictures from Pinnacles Overlook.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Topeka to Badlands National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Topeka to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Topeka in August since evenings lows in Badlands National Park dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook

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Custer

Custer ©
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 19th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Custer driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Custer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Badlands National Park in August; daily highs in Custer reach 77°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cody.

Things to do in Custer

Nature · Parks

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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Cody

Cody ©
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 20th (Thu): see human ingenuity at work at Buffalo Bill Dam, then get engrossed in the history at Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and then get interesting insight from Wyoming River Trips.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cody road trip planner.

Drive from Custer to Cody in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daytime highs in Cody are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Adventure · Museums · Outdoors
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Wyoming River Trips ©
Wyoming River Trips
Buffalo Bill Center of the West ©
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Buffalo Bill Dam ©
Buffalo Bill Dam

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Golden Gate Canyon, explore the striking landscape of Lake Butte Overlook, look for all kinds of wild species at Monument Geyser Basin, then take in the natural beauty of Beryl Spring, then contemplate the waterfront views at Firehole River, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Cody to Yellowstone National Park takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Cody in August, expect Yellowstone National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 70°F and 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin

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Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole
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.
To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Jackson Hole vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole takes 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August: highs in Jackson Hole hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 43°F. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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