18 days in Badlands National Park & Portland Itinerary

18 days in Badlands National Park & Portland Itinerary

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18 days in Badlands National Park & Portland Itinerary

Start: Merrillville
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Portland
— 14 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: Merrillville

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 14th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park and then explore and take pictures at Loop Road. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, then take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park online route planner .

Merrillville to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Merrillville to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Merrillville in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 54°F in Badlands National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Badlands National Park, Wall Drug
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

14
nights
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Get out of town with these interesting Portland side-trips: Cannon Beach (Ecola State Park, Haystack Rock, & more), Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil) and Astoria (Astoria Column, Columbia River Maritime Museum, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, contemplate the long history of Pittock Mansion, get to know the resident critters at Oregon Zoo, and examine the collection at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Portland trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Badlands National Park to Portland in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Badlands National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in Portland, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Astoria, Multnomah Falls, Rogerson Clematis Garden, Harvey The Giant Rabbit
Highlights from your plan
Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden
International Rose Test Garden ©
International Rose Test Garden
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books

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