Our most epic US self-drive covers seven states in two weeks and takes you from Denver to Rocky Mountain parks and into the Dakotas. This is one for seasoned road trippers.

INDEPENDENT TOUR

Suggested route & duration

Suggested route 14 nights from Denver
• Denver, Colorado: 2 nights
• Cheyenne, Wyoming: 1 night
• Rapid City, South Dakota: 2 nights
• Medora, North Dakota: 1 night
• Billings, Montana: 1 night
• Sheridan, Wyoming: 1 night
• Cody, Wyoming: 1 night
• Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming: 2 nights
• Jackson, Wyoming: 1 night
• Twin Falls, Idaho: 1 night
• Salt Lake City, Utah: 1 night

About this independent tour

Why you’ll love this self-drive
• Travel through North and South Dakota’s wide-open prairies and drive in the shadow of Colorado, and Wyoming’s snow-capped mountains
• Soak up the big-city vibes as you sip on craft beer in Denver
• See Yellowstone’s canyons, waterfalls, geysers, mud pots and kaleidoscopic hot springs
• Discover the Old West heritage and hear outlaw tales in Deadwood, South Dakota
• This itinerary can also be done in a motorhome.

Suggested self-drive details
Day 1: Denver Begin your adventure in the Mile High City of Denver. Stay 2 nights at Holiday Inn Cherry Creek.

Day 3: Cheyenne Head up into the hills for a morning in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park before soaking up the Old West atmosphere in Cheyenne, Wyoming’s state capital. Stay at Little America Hotel Cheyenne.

Day 4: Rapid City Cross into your third state, South Dakota. Visit the Wild West town of Deadwood and come face to face with four former US presidents at Mount Rushmore. Stay at Best Western Ramkota Rapid City.

Day 6: MedoraNext stop: North Dakota and the town of Medora, gateway to the pint-sized Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Stay at Rough Riders.

Day 7: BillingsFollow the course of the Yellowstone river and stop for a night in Billings, Montana. Stay at Best Western Plus Clocktower.

Day 8: Sheridan Return to Wyoming and visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument on your way to Sheridan. Stay at Holiday Inn Sheridan.

Day 9: Cody An overnight stop in Cody breaks up your journey to Yellowstone. Stay at Holiday Inn Cody.

Day 10: Yellowstone National Park The highlight of your Wild West adventure is Yellowstone, a land of geysers and bubbling mud pots. Stay 2 nights at Lake Yellowstone Hotel.

Day 12: Jackson/Grand Teton Spend a night in the city of Jackson and explore Grand Teton National Park to see the Rocky Mountains at their most striking. Stay at Rustic Inn.

Day 13: Twin Falls Dip into Idaho for a night at Twin Falls, a town on the edge of the Snake River Canyon. Stay at Best Western Plus Twin Falls.

Day 14: Salt Lake City Your final stop is Utah’s state capital, which sits in the shadow of the Wasatch Front mountain range. Stay at Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites.

Recommended highlights

Mount Rushmore
Explore South Dakota’s Black Hills and see the world’s most famous cliff carving

Wild West town
Relive the lawless days of the Old West in the heritage-rich of Deadwood

Old West musical revue
Enjoy a toe-tapping evening at the Medora Musical during your time in South Dakota

Geothermal wonders
See the boiling mud pots, towering geysers and vibrant hot springs in Yellowstone National Park

Tailor your tour

Make it your own
We’ve crafted this self-drive based on our own experiences and customers’ feedback. It’s fully flexible, so talk to us and we can create your perfect trip.

Where to stay
Due to the relative off-the-beaten-track nature of the destinations on this itinerary, hotel choices can be limited, especially if you’re looking for luxury. Those that are available tend to be part of a good-value chain; however, as most of your day will be spent exploring, they will just be a place to rest.

Unique experiences
Every day of this self-drive can be filled with adventure. Meet the bison herd at Terry Bison Ranch near Cheyenne, see a former president’s unassuming log cabin in North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park or stop for wild post-dinner drinks at Jackson’s neon-clad bar: Million Dollar Cowboy.

How long
At two weeks long, this is quite a full-on itinerary. If you have more time, it’s well worth slowing the pace down a bit. We suggest spending a couple more nights in Yellowstone, or adding on an extra night in Jackson so you can take your time following Grand Teton’s 42-mile Scenic Loop.

Another stop
You’ll visit 11 destinations on this self-drive so you might be happy to leave it as it is. But if you’re keen to carry on and create an all-encompassing trip, continue driving southwards from Salt Lake City towards Utah’s ‘Mighty 5’ national parks and Arizona’s Monument Valley.

Good to know

When to go
• Due to the long winters in the Rockies and the north western states, the window for self-drives is limited to mid-spring to mid-autumn
• Parks can be incredibly busy during the high summer months; we recommend booking accommodation early, particularly in Yellowstone
• The shoulder seasons – late-April to May and September to November – are slightly less crowded but you may have some wintry weather the earlier or later you visit