The Best of the Rockies - Take a Four-State Tour of Real America

Experience the top attractions and outdoor activities in North Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park – South Unit

Admire the 26th President's contribution to conservation at this national park. The North Dakota Badlands provide a scenic backdrop, and you may spot buffalo, deer, elk, bighorn sheep, wild horses, mule deer and prairie dogs on the loop drive. Want more action? Options include hiking trails through the Badlands, trail rides on horseback and canoeing the Little Missouri River.

Medora, ND 58645
Maah Daah Hey Trail

This 96-mile trail runs through the South Unit and the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and offers hiking in badland and rolling prairie landscapes, along with opportunities for overnight camping and wildlife sightings that include mule deer, coyotes, an occasional golden eagle, bison and feral horses.

Little Missouri National Grasslands Medora, ND
Kids play near the statues of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and Sakakawea at Keelboat Park in Bismarck.
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan

Stop into this world-class interpretive center along the very route Lewis & Clark traveled. Exhibits focus on artifacts from every tribe the explorers encountered, showcasing the culture of the Mandan Indians and the winter of 1804-05. The Bergquist Gallery features a rare set of the artwork of Swiss artist Karl Bodmer.

2576 8th St SW Washburn, ND 58577
The Hall of Fame pays tribute to the cowboy culture in North Dakota.
North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame

Rustle up some of North Dakota’s rich western heritage at this 15,000-square-foot interpretive center. Browse permanent and traveling western culture exhibits, a Hall of Honorees, gift shop, archives and more. The organization hosts several events at the Center of Western Heritage & Cultures, such as the National Day of the Cowboy, the Day of the Great Plains Horse People and Old-Fashioned Cowboy Christmas.

250 Main Street Medora, ND 58645
International Peace Garden

Nestled in the Turtle Mountains, the International Peace Garden is one of the continent’s most symbolic and scenic attractions. The tribute to peace and friendship between the United States and Canada boasts 2,300 acres, including two pristine freshwater lakes, scenic hiking and driving trails, wildflowers and waterfalls. Modern and rustic camping facilities are available. Don't miss the therapeutic Formal Garden where more than 155,000 flowers bloom from terraces and walkways.

10939 Highway 281 Dunseith, ND 58329
The Montana Dinosaur Trail

Step back into Prehistoric times and travel the Montana Dinosaur Trail. Begin at Makoshika State Park where wind and water have carved out caprocks, pinnacles and hogback ridges and Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops fossil remains are on display and more than 10 different dinosaur species have been discovered. From here, work your way across the state. View Montana's dino must-stops at mtdinotrail.org.

1301 Snyder St. Glendive, MT 59330
Glacier National Park

A hiker’s dream, the park offers more than 700 miles of trails and opportunities for solitude surrounded by pristine forests, meadows, amazing mountains and see-through lakes. Travel the Going-to-the-Sun Road and wind around the park’s stunning mountainsides for an unforgettable experience.

402 9th St. West Columbia Falls, MT 59912
Ghost Towns: Virginia City and Nevada City

Visit some of the West's best preserved gold mining town and ghost towns, complete with boardwalks, stagecoaches, saloons and restored historic buildings. Stay in western-themed lodging, shop specialty boutiques and stop into old-fashioned bakeries and candy shops.

Virginia City, MT 59729
Yellowstone National Park

Montana houses three of the five entrances into Yellowstone National Park. The world’s first National Park draws millions of visitors with its geysers and geothermal activity, bison, grizzly bears and wolves and stunning mountains, rivers and canyons. See the park by tour bus, car, guided hike or horseback ride or on a snowmobile in the winter.

North Entrance Road Gardiner, MT 59030
Buffalo Bill Historical Center

A long-time family vacation favorite and Smithsonian Institution affiliate, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (BBHC) is home to five world-class museums celebrating the American West and William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody.

720 Sheridan Ave. Cody, WY 82414
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Depending on the season, the famed resort area is a mecca for family-friendly to extreme skiing and a plethora of summer outdoor adventures that include hiking, mountain biking, rafting, fishing and wildlife tours. Visit downtown Jackson for western boutiques, saloons with saddles for bar stools and acclaimed restaurants serving up the finest cuts of beef and elk.

3395 Cody Lane Teton Village, WY 83025
Grand Teton National Park

Just 15 minutes from Jackson, Grand Teton National Park's iconic mountains soar out of the ground and reach up to the sky among 96,000 acres of wildlife, lakes, alpine terrain and 200 miles of trails. Raft the Snake River, photograph the popular Tetons, hike around reflective String Lake and visit Antelope Flats Road to view the impressive pronghorn population.

Highway 89 Jackson, WY 83414
Craters of the Moon National Monument

Visit this ocean of lava flows with scenic islands of cinder cones and sagebrush. Due to erupt any time now, the Craters of the Moon lava field covers 618 square miles and draws curious visitors to blackened earth with site names like Devils Orchard and Triple Twist tree. The National Park System calls this its only officially "Weird" park.

Arco, ID 83213
Idaho Wine Country

Idaho soils contain rich volcanic ash and the state's warm summer days and cool summer evenings make for prime grape-growing grounds. Tour wineries and vineyards along the Snake River Valley and sample some of Idaho's finest vino. Begin your Idaho wine adventure in Twin Falls and work your way west and north.

Twin Falls, ID 83301
Hells Canyon

North America’s deepest canyon is 10 miles wide, cuts along the border of eastern Oregon, eastern Washington and western Idaho and begs to be explored. Drive the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, book a rafting trip down the Snake River or plan an unforgettable camping trip.

Cambridge, ID 83610
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