10 days in Estes Park, Montana & South Dakota Itinerary

10 days in Estes Park, Montana & South Dakota Itinerary

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10 days in Estes Park, Montana & South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  6​h
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
2
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Great Falls
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Rapid City
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Dallas


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2
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Take a break from the city and head to Trail Ridge Road and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Estes Park: New Belgium Brewing (in Fort Collins) and The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake). It doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and learn about winemaking at Snowy Peaks Winery.

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Dallas to Estes Park is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, bus, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Dallas to Estes Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, Estes Park is a bit cooler than Dallas - with highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Fort Collins, The Beach at Grand Lake, Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company
Snowy Peaks Winery ©
Snowy Peaks Winery

3
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Escape the urban bustle at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Grinnell Glacier. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Lake.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park online itinerary planner .

Getting from Estes Park to Glacier National Park by combination of taxi, bus, and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In July, Glacier National Park is little chillier than Estes Park - with highs of 85°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Giant Springs State Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ursuline Centre.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Great Falls online route planner .

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, train, and bus. July in Great Falls sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Great Falls

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum
Ursuline Centre ©
Ursuline Centre

1
night
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and finally admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, then wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, then view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center, and finally explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City road trip planning website .

Fly from Great Falls to Rapid City in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Great Falls in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rapid City, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Prairie Berry Winery
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

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