11 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

11 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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Drive to James M Cox Dayton International Airport, Fly to Rapid City Regional Airport
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Rapid City
— 9 nights
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Badlands National Park
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Drive to Rapid City Regional Airport, Fly to James M Cox Dayton International Airport, Drive to Versailles

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Rapid City

— 9 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Custer State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Devils Tower (Tower Trail & Devils Tower National Monument), Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Sylvan Lake, &more) and Presidential Trail (in Keystone). Pack the 25th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City driving holiday app.

Versailles to Rapid City is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Versailles to Rapid City. In July, daytime highs in Rapid City are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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.
On the 26th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, and then stroll through Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park itinerary planner.

Drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Rapid City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive