8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

New York City
Fly:  8​h 15​min
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
New York City

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, explore the galleries of Adams House, then get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, then admire the striking features of Chapel in the Hills, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Rapid City online trip maker .

New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Rapid City. Traveling from New York City in July, Rapid City is little chillier at night with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, and then identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park holiday planner.

Getting from Rapid City to Badlands National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Rapid City to Badlands National Park is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Wall Drug, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
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Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

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De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the De Smet online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Badlands National Park to De Smet in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July in De Smet, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 63°F at night. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in De Smet

#Historic Sites
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day
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hot Springs tour builder website .

Getting from De Smet to Hot Springs by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from De Smet in July, expect Hot Springs to be little chillier, temps between 80°F and 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Custer
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Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

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