15 days in Montana, Oregon & South Dakota Itinerary

15 days in Montana, Oregon & South Dakota Itinerary

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Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
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Cannon Beach
— 5 nights
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Badlands National Park
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Glacier National Park

Crown of the Continent

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.
On the 2nd (Mon), hike the day away at Highline Trail. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, trek along Trail of the Cedars, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald, and stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail.

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Denver to Glacier National Park is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Denver in August, expect little chillier with lows of 48°F in Glacier National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Netarts Bay (in Netarts), Tillamook (Tillamook Air Museum, Blue Heron Cheese & Wine Company, &more) and Rockaway Beach (Rockaway Beach Wayside & Kelly's Brighton Marina). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cannon Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, and take a memorable drive along Three Capes Scenic Drive.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cannon Beach journey builder site.

You can fly from Glacier National Park to Cannon Beach in 8 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Glacier National Park to Cannon Beach is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Glacier National Park in August: highs in Cannon Beach hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.
Spend the 13th (Fri) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Door Trail, explore the striking landscape of White River Valley Overlook, and take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cannon Beach to Badlands National Park takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Cannon Beach in August, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 87°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Montana travel guide

4.8
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.

Oregon travel guide

4.5
Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.