The scenery on this two week fly-drive through the incredible Rocky Mountain region of America will blow your mind. Journey through North & South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming and discover jaw-dropping scenery and sights. From iconic Mount Rushmore to mighty Yellowstone National Park; the otherworldly Badlands National Park to the Crown of the Continent, Glacier National Park. If you are looking for a fly-drive adventure with the WOW - factor, you've found it!
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*One way drop-off fee to be paid locally
Rapid City is the largest city in western South Dakota and serves as the gateway to the Black Hills. It's home to many incredible museums including the Journey Museum and the Museum of the American Bison and as well as a newly-revamped lively downtown scene.
Rapid City will be your base for two nights from which you can explore Mount Rushmore National Memorial - the 60-foot-high mountain carving of U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
Equally impressive is the Crazy Horse Memorial just 17 miles from Mount Rushmore. This massive granite carving (the world's largest sculpture-in-progress) honoring the Native American warrior will stand 563 feet high and 641 feet long when complete; until then, view the progress while taking in the exhibits of the Indian Museum of North America, which houses some 20,000 authentic Native American artifacts.
Don't forget to drive the 18 mile Wildlife Loop Road around nearby Custer State Park, the second largest state park in the nation and is home to approximately 1,500 bison and impressive granite outcroppings.
In the evening in Rapid City why not enjoy an authentic Chuckwagon Supper and Cowboy Music Show.
Distance: 45 miles
Distance: 218 miles
Today you'll journey through spectacular Spearfish Canyon, which features windy roads, towering limestone cliffs and a number of roaring waterfalls. Head east and briefly into Wyoming to take in Devils Tower National Monument (as featured in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind), America’s first national monument which reaches 364 meters into the western sky. Then make your way north and onto Medora, North Dakota.
Medora is a small community that lies just south of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Medora features the nightly outdoor Medora Musical in the summer with the dynamic landscape of the North Dakotan Badlands in the background, as well as a unique Pitchfork Fondue dinner. A must-do for any visitor to the area.
Distance: 281 miles
Spend the morning exploring pristine Theodore Roosevelt National Park and North Dakota’s Badlands, named after Theodore Roosevelt, the US President notorious for his enduring contributions to the conservation of the national resources. Here the Badlands have been shaped by millions of years of wind, rain, erosion, fire and the meandering Little Missouri River. The area was described in 1864 by Gen. Alfred Sully as “hell with the fires out.”
When you’ve absorbed the stunning scenery, head east through Montana, affectionately known as Big Sky Country to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.
Distance: 237 miles
Distance: 245 miles
Distance: 253 miles
Distance: 162 miles
Continue south to the Old West mining towns of Virginia City and Nevada City which have been restored to reflect the boom days when settlers and miners migrated to Montana in the late 1800s.
Spend the afternoon exploring the quirky boutiques, theatres and historic homes here before arriving in West Yellowstone.
Distance: 54 miles
Distance: 79 miles
Depart from Jackson Hole Airport on your early morning flight back to the UK.
Your adventure doesn't have to end here however. Perhaps you may want to extend your time here and include a ranch stay or maybe spend a few extra days in Yellowstone.
Call the USA travel specialists at Bon Voyage to discuss your perfect Beautiful Badlands and Picture Perfect National Parks tour.