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
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

Missoula is a city in the U.S. Garnet Ghost Town and St. Ignatius Mission 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: Polson (Miracle of America Museum & Flathead Lake Cheese), Hamilton (Daly Mansion Preservation Trust & Lake Como) and Garden of One Thousand Buddhas (in Arlee). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Flathead Lake State Park, walk around Silver Park, identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and examine the collection at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Missoula trip planner.

Pittsburgh to Missoula is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. 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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

8
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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 Grinnell Glacier. Step out of Glacier National Park to go to East Glacier Park and see Aster Falls, which is approximately 2h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: hike along Trail of the Cedars, admire the sheer force of St.Mary Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Bowman Lake, and stroll through Iceberg Lake Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip builder app.

Drive from Missoula to Glacier National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Great Falls.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

3
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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 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: steep yourself in history at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, brush up on your military savvy at Malmstrom Museum and Air Park, and examine the collection at C.M. Russell Museum.

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 · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

4
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Helena

Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Gates of the Mountains and Mount Helena. Cathedral of St. Helena and Grant-Kohrs Ranch will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Helena side-trips: Butte (MBMG Mineral Museum, World Museum of Mining, &more) and Deer Lodge (Old Montana Prison Complex & Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Montana Historical Society Museum, ponder the world of politics at Montana State Capitol, catch some excitement at Great Northern Carousel, and explore the activities along Missouri River.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Helena trip builder site.

You can drive from Great Falls to Helena in 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Helena

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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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 Lone Peak. Get outdoors at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Earthquake Lake. There's lots more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Helena to West Yellowstone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, West Yellowstone is slightly colder than Helena - with highs of 75°F and lows of 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bozeman.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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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: admire the sheer force of Palisade Falls, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Gallatin River, and admire the majestic nature at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park.

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 do a combination of shuttle and 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

Side Trips

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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: Big Horn County Historical Museum (in Hardin), Crow Agency (Little Bighorn Battlefield & Custer Battlefield Trading Company) and Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary (in Red Lodge). 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 · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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Medora

Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. South Unit and Glendive Dinosaur & Fossil Museum 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). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, play a few rounds at Bully Pulpit Golf Course, get great views at Badlands Overlook, and examine the collection at North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame.

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

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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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 Devil Bathtub South Dakota. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tatanka: Story of the Bison and D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery. 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). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Black Hills Mining Museum, go deep underground at Broken Boot Gold Mine, view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio, and steep yourself in history at Adams House.

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

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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). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Legion Lake, trot along with a tour on horseback, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Hills, 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

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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: take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, hike along Door Trail, stroll through Saddle Pass 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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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 St. Joseph Cathedral. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument and National Music Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Sioux Falls: Mitchell (George and Eleanor McGovern Library, Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, &more), Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes (in De Smet) and Yankton (Meridian Highway Bridge & Lewis and Clark Recreation Area). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sioux Falls Bike Trails, make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica, contemplate the long history of Pettigrew Home & Museum, 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 · Outdoors

Side Trips

Montana travel guide

4.8
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
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

4.6
National Parks · History Museums · Historic Sites
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.