24 days in Washington DC, Black Hills & Badlands & Montana Itinerary

24 days in Washington DC, Black Hills & Badlands & Montana Itinerary

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24 days in Washington DC, Black Hills & Badlands & Montana Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + bus + train:  25​h
1
Washington DC
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  8​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Custer
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
West Glacier
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Bozeman
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Sydney

6
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Get out of town with these interesting Washington DC side-trips: Gettysburg (State of Pennsylvania Monument, Gettysburg National Military Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Washington DC trip app .

Sydney, Australia to Washington DC is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or do a combination of bus, flight, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Washington DC. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect Washington DC to be much hotter, temps between 37°C and 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Arlington
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

3
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.
Badlands National Park is known for scenic drive, nature, trails, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Loop Road, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park, browse the different shops at Wall Drug, and hike along Door Trail.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Badlands National Park day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Washington DC to Badlands National Park in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Badlands National Park when traveling from Washington DC in July, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Wall Drug, Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

4
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Custer is known for nature, scenic drive, trails, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and explore and take pictures at Wildlife Loop Road.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Custer online visit planner .

Drive from Badlands National Park to Custer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Badlands National Park in July, expect Custer to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to West Glacier.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hill City, Keystone, Crazy Horse Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

5
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Get out of town with these interesting West Glacier side-trips: Glacier National Park (Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Grinnell Glacier, & more). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take an in-depth tour of Depot Park, and admire the sheer force of Silver Staircase Falls.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the West Glacier day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Custer to West Glacier takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and train. July in West Glacier sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glacier National Park, Depot Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls

4
nights
Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Venture out of the city with trips to West Yellowstone (Yellowstone River, Earthquake Lake, & more) and Gardiner (River Rafting & Tubing & Horseback Riding Tours). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at American Computer & Robotics Museum and don't miss a visit to Emerson Cultural Center.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bozeman tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from West Glacier to Bozeman in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or fly. In July in Bozeman, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

West Yellowstone, Gardiner
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Horseback Riding Tours
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

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