33 days in Southeast Montana, South Dakota & Hillsboro Itinerary

33 days in Southeast Montana, South Dakota & Hillsboro Itinerary

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Fly to Gallatin Field, Drive to Livingston
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Livingston
— 3 nights
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Billings
— 5 nights
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Rapid City
— 6 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
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Mitchell
— 2 nights
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Sioux Falls
— 6 nights
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Hillsboro
— 6 nights
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Livingston

— 3 nights
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: get a dose of the wild on Yellowstone Guidelines, walk around Sacajawea Park, stroll through Pine Creek Trail, and see the interesting displays at Livingston Depot Center.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Livingston travel tool.

Richmond to Livingston is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Richmond to Livingston due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Richmond in July since evenings lows in Livingston dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Billings.

Things to do in Livingston

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Billings

— 5 nights
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 Red Lodge (Babcock & Miles, Silver Run Trails, &more), Custer Battlefield Museum (in Garryowen) and Crow Agency (Little Bighorn Battlefield & Custer Battlefield Trading Company). 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 Pompeys Pillar National Monument, and sample the tasty concoctions at Canyon Creek Brewing.

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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 58°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 · Museums

Side Trips

Rapid City

— 6 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

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), Keystone (Presidential Trail, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, &more) and Wall (Delta-09 Missile Silo & Wall Drug). 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 83°F during the day and 60°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 · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 4 nights
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. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, make a trip to Pinnacles Overlook, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Door Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Badlands National Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mitchell.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Mitchell

— 2 nights
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, then don'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, then stop by Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop, then take 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 60°F, while days are little chillier, around 82°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 · Shopping

Side Trip

Sioux Falls

— 6 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Get out of town with these interesting Sioux Falls side-trips: De Smet (Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie & De Smet Cemetery), South Dakota Art Museum (in Brookings) and Watertown (Terry Redlin Museum, Redlin Art Center, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Falls Park, trek along SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument, 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 80°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. On the 25th (Wed), you'll travel to Hillsboro.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Hillsboro

— 6 nights
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 The Ross County Historical Society, 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 82°F during the day and 62°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 · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.