8 days in South Dakota & Montana Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota & Montana Itinerary

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Rapid City
— 1 night
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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, thenpick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Farmer's Daughter, thenlearn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, examine the collection at Museum of Geology, thensee the interesting displays at America's Founding Fathers Exhibit, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lost Cabin Beer Co..

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rapid City driving holiday planning tool.

Detroit to Rapid City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Rapid City are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can 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

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

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park route planner.

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, daily temperatures in Badlands National Park can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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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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), cast your line with a fishing tour, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Two Top, thenfind something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun, and finally identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip planner.

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. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in August: highs in West Yellowstone hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Wildlife 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Beryl Spring, contemplate the waterfront views at Firehole River, admire the sheer force of Undine Falls, thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin, thenget great views at Calcite Springs Lookout, and finally identify plant and animal life at Lehardy's Rapids.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gardiner vacation builder site.

You can 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 your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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

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West Glacier

West Glacier ©
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Hidden Lake, take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at 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 take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read West Glacier tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to West Glacier takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In August, West Glacier is a bit warmer than Gardiner - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for 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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