10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Abilene
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Rapid City
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Abilene

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Pinnacles Overlook and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panorama Point Overlook. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Badlands National Park trip maker app .

Abilene to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Abilene to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Abilene in June, with highs in Badlands National Park at 83°F and lows at 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

2
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): Head underground at Wind Cave National Park, take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. On the next day, Head underground at Jewel Cave National Monument and then hike along Elk Mountain Nature Trail.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hot Springs route planner .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Hot Springs in 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Badlands National Park in June, with highs in Hot Springs at 73°F and lows at 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Wind Cave National Park, Custer
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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Jewel Cave National Monument ©
Jewel Cave National Monument
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road

5
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kids will enjoy Reptile Gardens and Big Thunder Gold Mine. Venture out of the city with trips to Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Breezy Point Picnic Area) and Custer (Custer State Park, Sylvan Lake, & more). Pack the 13th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, have some family-friendly fun at Cosmos Mystery Area, and explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rapid City sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Rapid City in 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rapid City when traveling from Hot Springs in June, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Keystone, Custer
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Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Rushmore Tramway Adventures ©
Rushmore Tramway Adventures

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