12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Cleveland
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
Hot Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Rapid City
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
Cleveland

4
days
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Visiting Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Wildlife Loop Road will get you outdoors. Family-friendly places like Black Hills National Forest and Jewel Cave National Monument will thrill your kids. Explore Hot Springs' surroundings by going to Custer (Sylvan Lake, Iron Mountain Road, & more). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Windcross Conservancy.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hot Springs trip itinerary maker .

Cleveland to Hot Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cleveland in June: high temperatures in Hot Springs hover around 71°F and lows are around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Hot Springs

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Windcross Conservancy
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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

4
days
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Get some historical perspective at Mount Moriah Cemetery and Chapel In the Hills. Visiting Reptile Gardens and Bear Country USA will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Keystone (Presidential Trail & Mount Rushmore National Memorial) and Adams Museum (in Deadwood). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Storybook Island, admire all the interesting features of Big Thunder Gold Mine, don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Park, and have some family-friendly fun at Cosmos Mystery Area.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City travel route planner.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Rapid City in 1.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hot Springs in June: high temperatures in Rapid City hover around 78°F and lows are around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Keystone, Deadwood
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Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall and then cruise along Loop Road. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug Store, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Prairie Homestead.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park day trip planning website .

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Wall Drug, Prairie Homestead
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Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead

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