15 days in Wisconsin Dells, South Dakota & Montana Itinerary

15 days in Wisconsin Dells, South Dakota & Montana Itinerary

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15 days in Wisconsin Dells, South Dakota & Montana Itinerary

Start: Saskatoon
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights
+4
train + bus + subway + Fly + taxi:  8​h 45​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Keystone
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
4
Gardiner
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
5
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
6
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
End: Saskatoon

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nights
Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells ©
Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
Family-friendly places like Zipline and Wizard Quest will thrill your kids. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 16th (Tue) at Noah's Ark Water Park. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Mt. Olympus Resort, race across the water with a speed boat tour, admire the majestic nature at Devil's Lake State Park, and examine the collection at Mr Marvel's Wondertorium.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Wisconsin Dells online route planner .

Saskatoon, Canada to Wisconsin Dells is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. July in Wisconsin Dells sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Devil's Lake State Park
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Noah's Ark Water Park ©
Noah's Ark Water Park
Zipline
Mt. Olympus Resort ©
Mt. Olympus Resort

1
day
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 19th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the striking landscape at White River Valley Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then cruise along Loop Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi from Wisconsin Dells to Badlands National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Wisconsin Dells to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Wisconsin Dells in July: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
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Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
White River Valley Overlook ©
White River Valley Overlook

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Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Kids will enjoy Rushmore Tramway Adventures and Big Thunder Gold Mine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Keystone: Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Custer State Park, & more). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area, and take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Keystone online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Badlands National Park to Keystone by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Badlands National Park in July; daily highs in Keystone reach 31°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Gardiner.

Things to do in Keystone

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trip

Custer
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

1
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Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): stop by Parks' Fly Shop, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Gardiner trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Keystone to Gardiner by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Keystone in July, expect little chillier with lows of 4°C in Gardiner. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Parks' Fly Shop ©
Parks' Fly Shop

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West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 24th (Wed), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Yellowstone Historic Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get your game on at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, then head outdoors with Yellowstone Nature Connection, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Yellowstone takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in West Yellowstone are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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.
Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, and admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Glacier National Park in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from West Yellowstone in July; daily highs in Glacier National Park reach 34°C and lows reach 11°C. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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

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