15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Stavanger
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Seattle
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Helena
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Billings
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Stavanger

4
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Get out of town with these interesting Seattle side-trips: Hood Canal (in Olympic National Park) and B&B Family Farm (in Sequim). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, and get in on the family fun at Seattle Great Wheel.

For more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip itinerary builder website .

Stavanger, Norway to Seattle is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Stavanger in July, expect Seattle to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Helena.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

B&B Family Farm, Hood Canal
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

2
nights
Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at Mount Helena, then get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gates of the Mountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Tizer Botanical Gardens & Arboretum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hauser Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Helena, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helena driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Seattle to Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Seattle in August, you will find days in Helena are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are slightly colder (14°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Helena

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Tizer Botanical Gardens & Arboretum
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Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Mount Helena ©
Mount Helena
Montana Historical Society Museum ©

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Breezy Point Picnic Area) and Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Sylvan Lake, & more). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Needles Highway and learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Helena to Rapid City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rapid City when traveling from Helena in August, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Needles Highway
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park and then take a memorable drive along Loop Road. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Notch Trail, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Badlands National Park sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Badlands National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Billings.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

2
nights
Billings

Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. On the 10th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Pompeys Pillar National Monument, then sample the tasty concoctions at Thirsty Street Brewing Company, then admire the natural beauty at DanWalt Gardens, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outlaw Canyon Adventures, LLC, see the interesting displays at Moss Mansion, then learn about winemaking at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, and finally look for gifts at Scheels.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Billings trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Badlands National Park to Billings takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Billings are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Billings

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Pompeys Pillar National Monument
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Horseback Riding Tours
Moss Mansion ©
Moss Mansion
Pompeys Pillar National Monument ©
Pompeys Pillar National Monument

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