60 days in Montana, North Dakota & South Dakota Itinerary

60 days in Montana, North Dakota & South Dakota Itinerary

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Missoula
— 6 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 8 nights
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Great Falls
— 3 nights
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Helena
— 4 nights
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
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Bozeman
— 5 nights
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Billings
— 4 nights
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Medora
— 5 nights
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Deadwood
— 4 nights
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Custer
— 6 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 5 nights
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Sioux Falls
— 6 nights

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Missoula

Missoula ©
Missoula is a city in the U.S. Garnet Ghost Town and Daly Mansion Preservation Trust will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to National Bison Range and Flathead Lake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Missoula: Garden of One Thousand Buddhas (in Arlee), St. Ignatius Mission (in Saint Ignatius) and Polson (Miracle of America Museum & Flathead Lake Cheese). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, get engrossed in the history at Fort Missoula Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Missoula travel itinerary planner.

Pittsburgh to Missoula is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Pittsburgh to Missoula due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Pittsburgh in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Missoula: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

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National Bison Range ©
National Bison Range
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Garnet Ghost Town ©
Garnet Ghost Town

8
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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of the Plains Indian and Garden Wall. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Avalanche Lake and Iceberg Lake Trail. Step out of Glacier National Park to go to East Glacier Park and see Aster Falls, which is approximately 2h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at St.Mary Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Iceberg Lake, take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and hike along Swiftcurrent Falls.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip maker app.

Drive from Missoula to Glacier National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

3
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Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Giant Springs State Park. Visiting River's Edge Trail and First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Great Falls: Fort Benton (Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex & Fort Benton Bridge). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at C.M. Russell Museum, explore the activities along Dearborn River, and brush up on your military savvy at Malmstrom Museum and Air Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Falls route planner.

You can drive from Glacier National Park to Great Falls in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

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Highlights from your plan
Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
C.M. Russell Museum ©
C.M. Russell Museum

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Helena

Helena ©
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Gates of the Mountains and Missouri River. Cathedral of St. Helena and Grant-Kohrs Ranch will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Helena side-trips: Deer Lodge (Old Montana Prison Complex & Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation) and Butte (MBMG Mineral Museum, World Museum of Mining, &more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Montana Historical Society Museum, catch some excitement at Great Northern Carousel, get a sense of history and politics at Montana State Capitol, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Helena.

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Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Helena can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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World Museum of Mining ©
World Museum of Mining
Gates of the Mountains ©
Gates of the Mountains
Grant-Kohrs Ranch ©
Grant-Kohrs Ranch

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West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ousel Falls Trail and Earthquake Lake. Get outdoors at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Horseback Riding Tours. Step out of West Yellowstone to go to Big Sky and see Lone Peak, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our West Yellowstone trip app.

You can drive from Helena to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Helena in August, expect West Yellowstone to be a bit cooler, temps between 75°F and 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
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Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Get some historical perspective at Virginia City National Historic Landmark and Missouri Headwaters State Park. Get a sense of the local culture at American Computer & Robotics Museum and Nevada City Ghost Town. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bozeman: Big Sky (Beehive Basin Trail & Horseback Riding Tours), Norris Hot Springs (in Norris) and Willies Distillery (in Ennis). The adventure continues: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, admire the majestic nature at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Gallatin River, and admire the sheer force of Palisade Falls.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bozeman road trip website.

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in August, expect Bozeman to be a bit warmer, temps between 84°F and 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Fishing Charters & Tours
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park ©
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

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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. Take a break from the city and head to Pompeys Pillar National Monument and Wild Bill Lake. Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseback Riding Tours and Moss Mansion. Change things up with these side-trips from Billings: Crow Agency (Little Bighorn Battlefield & Custer Battlefield Trading Company), Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary (in Red Lodge) and Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin). And it doesn't end there: take in the history at Custer Battlefield Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks, admire the masterpieces at Yellowstone Art Museum, and stop by Scheels.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Billings tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bozeman to Billings in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bozeman in August since evenings lows in Billings dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Medora.

Things to do in Billings

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Pompeys Pillar National Monument ©
Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Custer Battlefield Trading Company ©
Custer Battlefield Trading Company
Custer Battlefield Museum ©
Custer Battlefield Museum

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Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. South Unit and North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at North Unit and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Medora: Glendive (Makoshika Dinosaur Museum, Makoshika State Park, &more) and Longhorn Pullout (in Watford City). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, contemplate the long history of Von Hoffman House, get to know the fascinating history of Painted Canyon Overlook, and get great views at Badlands Overlook.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Medora route maker app.

Getting from Billings to Medora by combination of flight and car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Billings in August: high temperatures in Medora hover around 80°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Medora

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
South Unit ©
South Unit
North Unit ©
North Unit
Painted Canyon Overlook ©
Painted Canyon Overlook

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Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Step out of the city life by going to Bridal Veil Falls and Spearfish Falls. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tatanka: Story of the Bison and Days of '76 Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Deadwood: Roughlock Falls State Nature Area (in Lead), Devil Bathtub South Dakota (in Spearfish) and Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center (in Belle Fourche). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Black Hills Mining Museum, contemplate the long history of Adams House, view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio, and examine the collection at Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Deadwood online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Medora to Deadwood takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Medora in August, Deadwood is a bit warmer at night with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Black Hills Mining Museum ©
Black Hills Mining Museum
Adams House ©
Adams House
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area

6
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Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Prairie Berry Winery and The Museum @ Black Hills Institute. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Needles Highway and Wind Cave National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Custer: Angostura Recreation Area (in Hot Springs) and Rush Mountain Adventure Park (in Keystone). Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, hike along Little Devil's Tower Trail, go for a walk through Sunday Gulch Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Black Hills.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Custer route planner.

You can drive from Deadwood to Custer in 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Custer when traveling from Deadwood in August, with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Prairie Berry Winery ©
Prairie Berry Winery
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park

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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.
South Dakota's Original 1880 Town and Sage Creek Wilderness Area will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Badlands National Park and Roberts Prairie Dog Town. The adventure continues: trek along Door Trail, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, stroll through Notch Trail, and explore and take pictures at Loop Road.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park journey planner.

You can drive from Custer to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Custer in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Badlands National Park: highs are around 87°F and lows about 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Notch Trail
Notch Trail

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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie and Pettigrew Home & Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument and Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes. Change things up with these side-trips from Sioux Falls: Yankton (Meridian Highway Bridge & Lewis and Clark Recreation Area), National Music Museum (in Vermillion) and Mitchell (George and Eleanor McGovern Library, Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, &more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sioux Falls Bike Trails, make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at Stockyards Ag Experience.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Sioux Falls online trip planner.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Badlands National Park in September, you will find days in Sioux Falls are a bit cooler (76°F), and nights are a bit warmer (55°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

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Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village
Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie ©
Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes ©
Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes

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