12 days in Bozeman, Black Hills & Badlands & West Yellowstone Itinerary

12 days in Bozeman, Black Hills & Badlands & West Yellowstone Itinerary

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Bozeman
— 1 night
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Keystone
— 3 nights
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Deadwood
— 3 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
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Bozeman

— 1 night
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): look for gifts at The Last Wind-Up, get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Bozeman, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

Before you visit Bozeman, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Seattle to Bozeman is an approximately 11-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Seattle in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bozeman, with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Keystone

— 3 nights

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Visiting Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Presidential Trail will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Keystone side-trips: Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs), Wind Cave National Park (Elk Mountain Nature Trail & Wind Cave National Park) and Custer (Black Hills National Forest & Needles Eye Tunnel). Pack the 27th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Iron Mountain Road, go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine, and go for a walk through Breezy Point Picnic Area.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Keystone online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Keystone takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bozeman in May: highs in Keystone hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Deadwood

— 3 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Mount Moriah Cemetery and Adams House will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area and Bridal Veil Falls. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, engage your brain at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, do a tasting at Belle Joli Winery Tasting Room, and view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Deadwood trip builder app.

You can drive from Keystone to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Keystone to Deadwood is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Deadwood are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

West Yellowstone

— 2 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 1st (Tue), trek along Mystic Falls Trail, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, then take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls. On your second day here, trek along Purple Mountain Trail, take in the natural beauty of Terrace Spring, then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the West Yellowstone driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to West Yellowstone takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to West Yellowstone is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Deadwood in June: high temperatures in West Yellowstone hover around 69°F and lows are around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Montana travel guide

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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.