16 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Montana & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

16 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Montana & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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Deadwood
— 2 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
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Virginia City
— 1 night
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Bozeman
— 2 nights
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Gardiner
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Custer
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Deadwood

— 2 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Escape the urban bustle at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway and Bridal Veil Falls. You'll explore and learn at Adams Museum and Scott Jacobs Studio. Step out of Deadwood with an excursion to Roughlock Falls State Nature Area in Lead--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: go deep underground at Broken Boot Gold Mine, explore the galleries of Tatanka: Story of the Bison, do a tasting at Belle Joli Winery Tasting Room, and get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Deadwood online visit planner.

Sioux City to Deadwood is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Sioux City in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 58°F in Deadwood. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can fly to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 2 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Going-to-the-Sun Road and Virginia Falls. Step off the beaten path and head to Lake McDonald and Trail of the Cedars. And it doesn't end there: hike along Siyeh Pass, explore the activities along McDonald Creek, get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall, and stroll through Granite Park Trail.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip planner.

Getting from Deadwood to Glacier National Park by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to Glacier National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Deadwood in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 49°F in Glacier National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Virginia City.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Virginia City

— 1 night
Virginia City is a town in and the county seat of Madison County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Boothill Cemetery, then see a world frozen in time at Nevada City Ghost Town, then take an in-depth tour of J.Spencer Watkins Memorial Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Virginia City National Historic Landmark.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Virginia City itinerary builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Glacier National Park to Virginia City. In July, daytime highs in Virginia City are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Virginia City

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Bozeman

— 2 nights
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 31st (Sat): admire the sheer force of Palisade Falls, then take an in-depth tour of American Computer & Robotics Museum, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bozeman sightseeing planning app.

Drive from Virginia City to Bozeman in 1.5 hours. July in Bozeman sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Bozeman

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Gardiner

— 1 night
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 2nd (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Gardiner trip planner.

Drive from Bozeman to Gardiner in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Bozeman in August, with highs in Gardiner at 75°F and lows at 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to West Thumb Geyser Basin and Midway Geyser Basin. Take a break from the city and head to Old Faithful and Grand Loop Road. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, take in the dramatic natural features at Blue Star Spring, admire the sheer force of Lewis Falls, and head outdoors with Morning Glory Pool.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park route planning app.

You can drive from Gardiner to Yellowstone National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Gardiner in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Custer.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Custer

— 1 night
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, then explore the activities along Stockade Lake, and then see the interesting displays at Custer County 1881 Courthouse. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Horse Thief Lake, then stroll through Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then look for gifts at Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium.

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Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Custer takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August: high temperatures in Custer hover around 77°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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.