8 days in South Dakota & Montana Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota & Montana Itinerary

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Rapid City
— 1 night
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
3
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
4
Gardiner
— 1 night
5
West Glacier
— 3 nights

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 23rd (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, thenbrowse for treasures at The Farmer's Daughter, thenlearn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, and finally explore the activities along Sylvan Lake. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit Downtown Rapid City, thensee the interesting displays at Museum of Geology, thenexamine the collection at America's Founding Fathers Exhibit, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lost Cabin Beer Co..

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip itinerary planner.

Detroit to Rapid City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Rapid City is minus 2 hours. In August in Rapid City, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hill City, Sylvan Lake
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Geology ©
Museum of Geology
America's Founding Fathers Exhibit ©
America's Founding Fathers Exhibit
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Conata Basin Overlook, thenexplore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook, thenexplore the striking landscape of White River Valley Overlook, and finally cruise along Loop Road.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Badlands National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around °F in August, and nighttime lows around °F. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Panorama Point Overlook
Panorama Point Overlook
White River Valley Overlook ©
White River Valley Overlook

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night
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 26th (Wed), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Two Top, thenget in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and finally identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Badlands National Park to West Yellowstone takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in West Yellowstone, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun ©
Yellowstone Big Gun Fun
Fishing Charters & Tours
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

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Gardiner

Gardiner ©
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 27th (Thu), witness a stunning natural landmark at Beryl Spring, contemplate the waterfront views at Firehole River, take in the dramatic scenery at Undine Falls, thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin, thenget great views at Calcite Springs Lookout, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Lehardy's Rapids.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gardiner day trip planning site.

Drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Gardiner are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to West Glacier.

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Firehole River ©
Firehole River
Midway Geyser Basin ©
Midway Geyser Basin
Calcite Springs Lookout ©
Calcite Springs Lookout

3
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier ©
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. On the 28th (Fri), explore the activities along Hidden Lake, take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and then trek along Iceberg Lake Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Before you visit West Glacier, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Glacier takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Gardiner in August, things will get a bit warmer in West Glacier: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in West Glacier

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Glacier National Park, Glacier ZipLines
Highlights from your plan
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Glacier ZipLines ©
Glacier ZipLines
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

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