15 days in South Dakota & Los Angeles Itinerary

15 days in South Dakota & Los Angeles Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Rapid City
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 9 nights
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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.
Bring the kids along to Loop Road and Notch Trail. Get outdoors at Badlands National Park and Badlands Wall. When in Badlands National Park, make a side trip to see Hurley Butte Horseback Riding in Interior, approximately Interior away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Badlands National Park online tour planner.

New York City to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Badlands National Park. Traveling from New York City in August, Badlands National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Loop Road ©
Must see
Loop Road
4.9
Badlands National Park ©
National Park
Badlands National Park
4.9
Badlands Wall ©
Geologic Formation
Badlands Wall
4.9

3
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Rapid City

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Needles Eye Tunnel. Appreciate the collections at Suzie Cappa Art Center and Adams House. Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Keystone (Breezy Point Picnic Area & Black Hills Helicopters), Custer (Black Hills National Forest, Iron Mountain Road, &more) and Insideout (in Hill City). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rapid City itinerary planner.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Rapid City by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in September, you will find days in Rapid City are a bit cooler (75°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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Los Angeles

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat will get you outdoors. Attractions like Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland Park make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Soarin' Around The World, Downtown Disney, &more), Huntington Beach Art Center (in Huntington Beach) and El Pescador State Beach (in Malibu). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles online trip planner.

You can fly from Rapid City to Los Angeles in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Rapid City in September, with highs in Los Angeles at 85°F and lows at 66°F. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Disneyland Park ©
Must see
Disneyland Park
4.2
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney Park / Activity
Disney California Adventure Park
4.5
Santa Monica Pier ©
Must see
Santa Monica Pier
4.1

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