Great Rocky Mountain Tour

Visit these iconic Rocky Mountain sites in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.
Badlands National Park

Twist along Badlands Loop Road, the state scenic byway through Badlands National Park, a 244,000-acre wilderness area formed during the Oligocene age. This fossilladen sea bed offers spires, pinnacles and wide views. Stop at a few of the scenic overlooks to snap some frame-worthy photos.

24240 Hwy. 240 Wall, SD 57790
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Get an up-close look at the faces that shaped America. Sixty-foot replicas of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln’s well-known features are carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore. Stop by the visitor center and museum, presidential walking trails, gift shop and restaurant.

13000 S. Dakota 244 Keystone, SD 57751
Crazy Horse Memorial

View the largest mountain carving taking place in the world at this time. The face has been completed and work has begun on the horse’s head. First stop is the theater, where a short film will show you the progress and work on the carving. Next stops include the Indian Museum of North America, sculptor’s home and gift shops.

12151 Avenue of the Chiefs Crazy Horse, SD 57730
Old West Deadwood

Take a historic tour of Deadwood, an Old West town started with the gold rush of 1876. Learn about the history and legends of characters such as Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Poker Alice and Potato Creek Johnny. Don’t miss the ’76 Museum where old buggies and wagons from early days are on display.

735 Main St. Deadwood, SD 57732
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Up for a trolley ride? The Fort Lincoln Trolley offers a round-trip ride to Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, where history goes back 300-plus years to when it was home to the Mandan Indians. Today it's a 977-acre park on the banks of the Missouri River, and its exhibits relate to the life of the Mandans and the military history of the fort (in the mid- to late 1800s, it was the site of a military garrison).

4480 Fort Lincoln Road Mandan, ND 58554
North Dakota Capitol Building

Tour the "Skyscraper of the Prairie" -- the 19-story Capitol, which was built in the early 1930s. The Former Governor's Mansion State Historic Site is also in Bismarck. Restored to the late Victorian era, it housed North Dakota's governors from 1893 to 1960.

600 E. Boulevard Ave. Bismarck, ND 58505
Dakota Zoo

See more than 600 animals -- and more than 125 species -- at the Dakota Zoo, home to mountain lions, moose, grizzly bears, river otters and more.

600 Riverside Park Road Bismarck, ND 58504
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. Fort Mandan is two miles west of the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center on McLean County Highway 17. Daily tours are available of the reconstructed fort, the home of Lewis and Clark for the winter of 1804-05.

The annual United Tribes International Powwow in Bismarck brings together drummers, dancers and spectators from all around the world.
Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

Visit the 1804 meeting place of Sakakawea and Lewis & Clark. On the ruins of an ancient Indian village last occupied in 1845 today sits a state-of-the-art museum dedicated to preserving the culture of the Plains Indians. A reconstructed earthlodge contains artifacts from the Plains culture.

564 County Rd 37 Stanton, ND 58571
Makoshika State Park

In addition to the pine and juniper studded badlands formations, the park also houses the fossil remains of tyrannosaurus and triceratops dinosaurs. Check out the triceratops skull and other badlands interpretive displays in the visitor information center at the park entrance. There’s also an outdoor amphitheater, picnic sites and numerous campsites.

1301 Snyder Ave. Glendive, MT 59330
Range Riders Museum

Built on the site of the 1876 Fort Keogh containment and opened in August of 1941, this privately financed museum is located on the site where General Nelson A. Miles constructed Cantonment #1 to secure the area in the aftermath of the Custer Battle.

443 Business I-94, West Main Street Miles City, MT 59301
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Memorializing the site of the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn, this museum displays the history of the battle, Custer, weapons, archaeology, Plains Indian life and more.

756 Battlefield Tour Rd. Crow Agency, MT 59022
Museum of the Rockies

The dinosaur fans in the family will appreciate the fantastic paleontological exhibits. The museum’s curator is Jack Horner, on whom the lead character in Jurassic Park was based. Don’t miss the world-class Taylor Planetarium for a new perspective on Montana’s Big Sky.

600 W. Kagy Blvd. Bozeman, MT 59717
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. Be sure to stop and see world-famous Old Faithful geyser erupt.

Yellowstone National Park , WY 82190
Buffalo Bill Historical Center

Known as the Smithsonian of the West, this historic mecca features five museums and galleries: Draper Museum of Natural History, Plains Indian Museum, Cody Firearms Museum, Whitney Gallery of Western Art, and Buffalo Bill Museum.

720 Sheridan Ave. Cody, WY 82414
Devils Tower

A hike around the base of the first National Monument in the United States takes a little more than one hour. The volcanic feature juts out of the prairie surrounding the Black Hills and is considered sacred by various tribes and highly sought after by rock climbers.

Devils Tower , WY 82714
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