33 days in Southeast Montana, South Dakota & Hillsboro Itinerary

33 days in Southeast Montana, South Dakota & Hillsboro Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Livingston
— 3 nights
2
Billings
— 5 nights
3
Rapid City
— 6 nights
4
Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
5
Mitchell
— 2 nights
6
Sioux Falls
— 6 nights
7
Hillsboro
— 6 nights

3
nights
Livingston

Livingston ©
Livingston is a city and the county seat of Park County, Montana, United States. Livingston is known for wildlife, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: surround yourself with nature on Yellowstone Guidelines, walk around Sacajawea Park, stroll through Pine Creek Trail, and steep yourself in history at Yellowstone Gateway Museum.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Livingston journey builder tool.

Richmond to Livingston is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Richmond to Livingston. Traveling from Richmond in July, expect little chillier with lows of °F in Livingston. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Billings.

Things to do in Livingston

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Guidelines ©
Yellowstone Guidelines
Fishing Charters & Tours
Pine Creek Trail ©
Pine Creek Trail

5
nights
Billings

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. Venture out of the city with trips to Crow Agency (Little Bighorn Battlefield & Custer Battlefield Trading Company), Red Lodge (Babcock & Miles, Silver Run Trails, &more) and Custer Battlefield Museum (in Garryowen). The adventure continues: test your team's savvy at The Grand Escape Room, trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the striking landscape at The Rimrocks, and pause for some photo ops at Pompeys Pillar National Monument.

Start your trip to Billings by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Livingston to Billings by car takes about 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Livingston in August since evenings lows in Billings dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Billings

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Red Lodge, Crow Agency, Pompeys Pillar National Monument, Custer Battlefield Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Escape Room ©
The Grand Escape Room
Little Bighorn Battlefield ©
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Horseback Riding Tours

6
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Sylvan Lake, &more), Wall (Delta-09 Missile Silo & Wall Drug) and Keystone (Presidential Trail, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, &more). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, examine the collection at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, and learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rapid City road trip app.

Traveling by car from Billings to Rapid City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August in Rapid City, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Wall, Needles Highway, Crazy Horse Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City

4
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.
When in Badlands National Park, make a side trip to see South Dakota's Original 1880 Town in Murdo, approximately Murdo away. Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, don't miss a visit to Pinnacles Overlook, and look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Badlands National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, South Dakota's Original 1880 Town
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

2
nights
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. On the 18th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, thendon't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, and then don't miss a visit to Corn Palace. On your second day here, examine the collection at South Dakota Tractor Museum, thenstop by Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop, thentake an in-depth tour of Dakota Discovery Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Escape Rooms at that place.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mitchell sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Mitchell takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to Mitchell is 1 hour. Traveling from Badlands National Park in August, expect nights in Mitchell to be about the same, around °F, while days are little chillier, around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

South Dakota Tractor Museum
Highlights from your plan
South Dakota Tractor Museum ©
South Dakota Tractor Museum
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle

6
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Sioux Falls side-trips: Watertown (Terry Redlin Museum, Redlin Art Center, &more), South Dakota Art Museum (in Brookings) and De Smet (Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie & De Smet Cemetery). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Falls Park, trek along SculptureWalk & The Arc of Dreams Sioux Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at The Blood Run Nature Area, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sioux Falls day trip app.

Traveling by car from Mitchell to Sioux Falls takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Sioux Falls are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. On the 25th (Wed), you'll travel to Hillsboro.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Watertown, De Smet, Porter Sculpture Park, South Dakota Art Museum, Lake Vermillion Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie ©

6
nights
Hillsboro

Hillsboro ©
Hillsboro is a city in and the county seat of Highland County, Ohio, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Hillsboro side-trips: Maysville (The Old Pogue Distillery, EAT Gallery, &more), John Rankin House (in Ripley) and Cincinnati Nature Center (in Milford). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Fort Hill State Memorial, make a trip to Serpent Mound, see the interesting displays at Southern Ohio Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Bainbridge Dental Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hillsboro online vacation planner.

Drive from Sioux Falls to Hillsboro in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sioux Falls to Hillsboro is 1 hour. In August in Hillsboro, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hillsboro

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Chillicothe, Maysville, Bainbridge - Ross County, Portsmouth, The Edge of Appalachia Preserve System
Highlights from your plan
Portsmouth Floodwall Mural ©
Portsmouth Floodwall Mural
Cincinnati Nature Center ©
Cincinnati Nature Center
John Rankin House ©
John Rankin House

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