16 days in Badlands National Park, Littleton & Belton Itinerary

16 days in Badlands National Park, Littleton & Belton Itinerary

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Drive to Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, Fly to Rapid City Regional Airport, Drive to Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park
— 5 nights
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Littleton
— 6 nights
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Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Drive to Belton
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Belton
— 3 nights
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Drive to Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Fly to Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, Drive to Dayton

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Badlands National Park

— 5 nights
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.
You've now added Roberts Prairie Dog Town to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as South Dakota's Original 1880 Town and Wounded Knee Massacre Monument are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Badlands Wall and Badlands National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Badlands National Park: Pine Ridge Reservation (in Manderson) and Hurley Butte Horseback Riding (in Interior). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, hike along Door Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and stroll through Notch Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip planner.

Dayton to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Dayton in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Badlands National Park, with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Littleton.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Littleton

— 6 nights
Littleton is the Home Rule Municipality in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson counties that is the county seat of Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. Visit Dinosaur Ridge and Mother Cabrini Shrine for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Roxborough State Park and Lookout Mountain. Explore Littleton's surroundings by going to Golden (Heritage Square Amusement Park & Lariat Loop National Scenic Byway), Cherokee Ranch and Castle (in Sedalia) and Castle Rock (Outlets at Castle Rock, Rock Park, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Evergreen Lake, stroll through Alderfer/Three Sisters Park, play a few rounds at Arrowhead Golf Club, and admire the majestic nature at Chatfield State Park.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Littleton trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Badlands National Park to Littleton in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and tram. In October, daily temperatures in Littleton can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Belton.

Things to do in Littleton

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Belton

— 3 nights
Belton is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, within the Killeen-Temple metropolitan area. Get in touch with nature at Sun City Texas and Dana Peak Park. Get out of town with these interesting Belton side-trips: San Gabriel River (in Georgetown) and Mother Neff State Park (in Moody). The adventure continues: sample the tasty concoctions at Chupacabra Craft Beer & Salado Lone Star Winery, walk around Yettie Polk Park, examine the collection at Bell County Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Belton day trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Littleton to Belton. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Littleton in October: high temperatures in Belton hover around 82°F and lows are around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Belton

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips