6 days in Rapid City & Badlands National Park Itinerary

6 days in Rapid City & Badlands National Park Itinerary

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6 days in Rapid City & Badlands National Park Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  8​h 30​min
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + bus + taxi + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Venture out of the city with trips to Custer State Park (in Custer), Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone) and Badlands National Park (Badlands Wall & Loop Road). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel in the Hills, and make a trip to Dinosaur Park.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip planner .

Philadelphia to Rapid City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in April; daily highs in Rapid City reach 59°F and lows reach 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Custer State Park
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Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

2
nights
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 18th (Wed): browse the different shops at Wall Drug, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and then take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park trip planning tool .

Getting from Rapid City to Badlands National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Rapid City to Badlands National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. You will leave for home on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Badlands National Park

#Scenic Drive, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Wall Drug
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Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

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