60 days in Montana, North Dakota & South Dakota Itinerary

60 days in Montana, North Dakota & South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States planner

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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
Fly to Glendive, Drive to Medora
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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

— 6 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Garnet Ghost Town and St. Ignatius Mission will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to National Bison Range and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Missoula: Garden of One Thousand Buddhas (in Arlee), Hamilton (Daly Mansion Preservation Trust & Lake Como) and Polson (Miracle of America Museum, Flathead Lake Cheese, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, learn more about the world around you at Fort Missoula Museum, admire the majestic nature at Flathead Lake State Park, and examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Missoula trip planner.

Pittsburgh to Missoula is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Pittsburgh to Missoula. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Pittsburgh in July: highs in Missoula hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 53°F. 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 · Nature

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 8 nights

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 Grinnell Glacier. Step out of Glacier National Park to go to East Glacier Park and see Aster Falls, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Swiftcurrent Falls, trek along Highline Trail, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Iceberg Lake Trail.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Missoula to Glacier National Park takes 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Great Falls

— 3 nights
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 First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park. Visiting Giant Springs State Park and Dearborn River 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 lots more to do: explore the world behind art at C.M. Russell Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Malmstrom Museum and Air Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at River's Edge Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Falls trip builder app.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Great Falls by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. In July in Great Falls, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Helena.

Things to do in Great Falls

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Helena

— 4 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Get in touch with nature at Gates of the Mountains and Missouri River. Cathedral of St. Helena and Great Northern Carousel will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Helena side-trips: Deer Lodge (Grant-Kohrs Ranch, Old Montana Prison Complex, &more) and Butte (MBMG Mineral Museum, World Museum of Mining, &more). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Helena, take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Helena trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Great Falls to Helena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

West Yellowstone

— 3 nights
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 Lone Peak. Get outdoors at Earthquake Lake and Horseback Riding Tours. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, cast your line with a fishing tour, and stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

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 · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Bozeman

— 5 nights
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: Norris Hot Springs (in Norris), Big Sky (Beehive Basin Trail & Horseback Riding Tours) and Willies Distillery (in Ennis). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Palisade Falls, admire the majestic nature at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the activities along Gallatin River.

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Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Bozeman takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from West Yellowstone in August, expect Bozeman to be somewhat warmer, temps between 84°F and 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Billings.

Things to do in Bozeman

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Billings

— 4 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. 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 Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Billings: Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin), Custer Battlefield Museum (in Garryowen) and Crow Agency (Little Bighorn Battlefield & Custer Battlefield Trading Company). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Moss Mansion, take in the dramatic natural features at The Rimrocks, admire the masterpieces at Yellowstone Art Museum, and contemplate the long history of Yellowstone Kelly Interpretative Site.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Billings road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bozeman to Billings takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 58°F in Billings. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Medora.

Things to do in Billings

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Medora

— 5 nights
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: Longhorn Pullout (in Watford City) and Glendive (Makoshika Dinosaur Museum, Makoshika State Park, &more). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Painted Canyon Overlook, contemplate the long history of Von Hoffman House, get engrossed in the history at Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, 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 4.5 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

Deadwood

— 4 nights
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 Devil Bathtub South Dakota. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tatanka: Story of the Bison and Adams House. Change things up with these side-trips from Deadwood: Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center (in Belle Fourche) and Roughlock Falls State Nature Area (in Lead). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Days of '76 Museum, examine the collection at Black Hills Mining Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Spearfish Falls, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Broken Boot Gold Mine.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Deadwood trip maker.

You can drive from Medora to Deadwood in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Medora to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Deadwood when traveling from Medora in August, with lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Custer

— 6 nights
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 Black Elk Peak. Change things up with these side-trips from Custer: Angostura Recreation Area (in Hot Springs), Rush Mountain Adventure Park (in Keystone) and Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park). There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, take in the pleasant sights at Sunday Gulch Trail, and hike along Little Devil's Tower Trail.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Custer sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Custer takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Deadwood in August since evenings lows in Custer dip to 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

Badlands National Park

— 5 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.
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. There's still lots to do: hike along Notch Trail, stroll through Saddle Pass Trail, explore the striking landscape at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, and get great views at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Custer to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Custer in August, expect Badlands National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Sioux Falls

— 6 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Get a sense of the local culture at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie and Pettigrew Home & Museum. Visiting SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument and Sioux Falls Bike Trails will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Sioux Falls: Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes (in De Smet), Mitchell (George and Eleanor McGovern Library, Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, &more) and Yankton (Meridian Highway Bridge & Lewis and Clark Recreation Area). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Music Museum, don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica, walk around Falls Park, and take an in-depth tour of Stockyards Ag Experience.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sioux Falls driving holiday app.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in September: highs in Sioux Falls hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Montana travel guide

4.7
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.

North Dakota travel guide

4.5
National Parks · History Museums · Performances
Geographic Center of the North American Continent
A primarily rural state, North Dakota is the ancient home of the Lakota tribe. Norwegian settlers once made up the European population, and one of the state's major attractions is the Norsk Høstfest, the largest Norwegian festival in the United States. The vast plains and never-ending sky inspire the many orchestras that call the state home. The spirituality of the music is second only to the spirituality of the people, as the state has the nation's highest percentage of churchgoing residents. The state's open fields are conducive to fishing, hunting, and winter activities.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
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.