12 days in Montana, North Dakota & South Dakota Itinerary

12 days in Montana, North Dakota & South Dakota Itinerary

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12 days in Montana, North Dakota & South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Las Vegas
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
West Glacier
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
4
Medora
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Custer
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Las Vegas

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake, get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone travel planner .

Las Vegas to West Yellowstone is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to West Yellowstone. In September, West Yellowstone is much colder than Las Vegas - with highs of 64°F and lows of 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Helena.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Earthquake Lake ©
Earthquake Lake
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Helena, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Helena, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Helena travel route builder website .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Helena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in September: high temperatures in Helena hover around 73°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to West Glacier.

Things to do in Helena

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of St. Helena ©
Cathedral of St. Helena
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena

3
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier ©
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Visiting Highline Trail and St.Mary Falls will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iceberg Lake Trail and Virginia Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Flathead National Forest (in Whitefish) and Glacier National Park (Swiftcurrent Falls & Jackson Glacier Overlook). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Cedars and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the West Glacier online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Helena to West Glacier in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Helena in September, plan for little chillier nights in West Glacier, with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Medora.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glacier National Park, Flathead National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Trail of the Cedars ©
Trail of the Cedars
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail

1
night
Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Painted Canyon Overlook and then get to know the fascinating history of South Unit.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Medora online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from West Glacier to Medora takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Medora are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Medora

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Highlights from your plan
Painted Canyon Overlook ©
Painted Canyon Overlook
South Unit ©
South Unit

2
nights
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 15th (Tue), cruise along Loop Road, trek along Door Trail, and then trek along Notch Trail. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Prairie Homestead, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, brush up on your military savvy at Delta-09 Missile Silo, then identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park visit planner.

Drive from Medora to Badlands National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Medora in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Delta-09 Missile Silo, Prairie Homestead
Highlights from your plan
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Wind Cave National Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Rush Mountain Adventure Park and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Custer online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Custer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Custer, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Keystone, Wind Cave National Park
Highlights from your plan
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Rush Mountain Adventure Park ©
Rush Mountain Adventure Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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