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  1. Default trip to Montana, Wyoming and SD

    We are four senior adults from planning a 12 day trip in September to Montana. We plan to fly into Billings, Mt on day one and on day two, travel by rental car to Belt, Montana to visit friends for four days and three nights. Beginning on day five, we hoped to drive from Belt Creek to Gardiner, spending days six and seven in Yellowstone National Park and then down to the Grand Tetons and to Jackson on day eight. From there, we hoped to travel over to Rapid City, SD to see Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse. On day ten, we plan to drive from Rapid City to Little Big Horn and Custer Battlefield and on day 11, drive back to Billings for a return flight home on Day 12.

    How aggressive are out plans? Can someone advise me as to where to stay along the way, things "not to be missed" at Yellowstone and elsewhere and offer suggestions of places to stay and/or dine? I am thanking you in advance of any ideas you may offer. I would also appreciate any suggestions regarding the yellow buses that offer tours within Yellowstone itself.

    Thanks so much,
    Dian in Savannah

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO



    Billings to Belt is half a day - as is Belt to Gardiner. However, Jackson to Rapid City is a long full day's drive, and is probably the only leg on this trip that may be too aggressive. Rapid City to Billings is about 6 hours.

    Unless you have arrangements already in Gardiner, there are a lot more lodging choices in West Yellowstone, but they are not inexpensive. I can personally recommend the Evergreen Motel. It's a "mom and pop" owned and operated restored 50's style roadside motel with 16 charming little rooms. That time of year, reservations are probably essential. They are one of the least expensive places to stay in town - right around $100 a night per room.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Rapid City, South Dakota, United States


    While you are in Rapid City make sure to check out Downtown and Main Street Square, it holds events, festivals, farmers markets and has an interactive fountain that shoots water to the beat of the music and changes colors. There is also the City of Presidents downtown where you can find all of our past presidents as bronze statues on all the street corners.

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