10 days in Badlands National Park & Rapid City Itinerary

10 days in Badlands National Park & Rapid City Itinerary

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10 days in Badlands National Park & Rapid City Itinerary

Start: Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
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Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Badlands National Park

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Badlands National Park: Murdo (South Dakota's Original 1880 Town & Pioneer Auto Museum), Prairie Homestead (in Philip) and Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge (in Martin). The adventure continues: cruise along Loop Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panorama Point Overlook, and browse the different shops at Wall Drug.

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Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Badlands National Park. In October, daily temperatures in Badlands National Park can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Murdo, Wall, Philip, Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge, Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

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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.
On the 16th (Wed), take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens, and then cruise along Iron Mountain Road. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Breezy Point Picnic Area, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and finally explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip maker app .

Drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Rapid City are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Mount Moriah Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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