9 days in Badlands National Park & Montana Itinerary

9 days in Badlands National Park & Montana Itinerary

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9 days in Badlands National Park & Montana Itinerary

Start: Rochester
+3
shuttle + foot + Fly + taxi:  6​h
1
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Bozeman
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
3
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Great Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
End: Rochester

2
nights
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.
On the 16th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip planner.

Rochester to Badlands National Park is an approximately 6-hour combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Rochester to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Rochester in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park: temperatures range from 52°F by day to 22°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Bozeman.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

few
hours
Bozeman

Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): make a trip to Emerson Cultural Center and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bozeman itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Badlands National Park to Bozeman in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Bozeman can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Bozeman

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours

1
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 19th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Firehole Canyon Drive, tour the pleasant surroundings at Purple Mountain Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our West Yellowstone trip maker site .

You can drive from Bozeman to West Yellowstone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bozeman in March, things will get slightly colder in West Yellowstone: highs are around 37°F and lows about 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Great Falls.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

1
night
Great Falls

Great Falls ©
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): contemplate the long history of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Giant Springs State Park.

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You can drive from West Yellowstone to Great Falls in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In March, Great Falls is a bit warmer than West Yellowstone - with highs of 48°F and lows of 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Great Falls

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
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Giant Springs State Park ©
Giant Springs State Park
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park ©
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center ©

3
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
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.
Visiting Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Iceberg Lake Trail will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, trek along Grinnell Glacier, admire the sheer force of Silver Staircase Falls, and look for all kinds of wild species at Goat Lick Overlook.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip planner .

Drive from Great Falls to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car. In March, daytime highs in Glacier National Park are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Goat Lick Overlook ©
Goat Lick Overlook

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