21 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

21 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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21 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Drive:  8​h
1
Badlands National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Murdo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Pine Ridge
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Belle Fourche
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Rapid City
— 9 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Big Badlands Overlook and Yellow Mounds Overlook. Let the collections at Delta-09 Missile Silo and Armed Forces Display & Gifts capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: trek along Saddle Pass Trail, get to know the fascinating history of Sage Creek Wilderness Area, take some stellar pictures from Pinnacles Overlook, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Trail.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Badlands National Park trip itinerary app .

Washington DC to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Badlands National Park. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in April: high temperatures in Badlands National Park hover around 58°F and lows are around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Murdo.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Delta-09 Missile Silo, Armed Forces Display & Gifts, Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
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Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

1
night
Murdo

Murdo ©
Murdo is a city in Jones County, South Dakota, United States. On the 12th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Pioneer Auto Museum and then steep yourself in history at South Dakota's Original 1880 Town.

To find reviews and tourist information, read our Murdo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Murdo takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to Murdo is 1 hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pine Ridge.

Things to do in Murdo

Museums Historic Sites
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Pioneer Auto Museum ©
Pioneer Auto Museum

1
night
Pine Ridge

Pine Ridge ©
Pine Ridge is a census-designated place and the most populous community in Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota, United States. For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Pine Ridge trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Murdo to Pine Ridge by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Murdo to Pine Ridge, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April in Pine Ridge, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Belle Fourche.

Things to do in Pine Ridge

Museums

Side Trip

Badlands Petrified Gardens
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Badlands Petrified Gardens ©
Badlands Petrified Gardens

4
nights
Belle Fourche

Belle Fourche ©
Belle Fourche is a city in and the county seat of Butte County, South Dakota, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Roughlock Falls Nature Area and Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center. Step off the beaten path and head to Adams House and PaleoAdventures. Explore Belle Fourche's surroundings by going to Hulett (Rogue's Gallery & Hulett Museum), Spearfish Falls (in Savoy) and Deadwood (Belle Joli Winery Tasting Room & Mount Moriah Cemetery). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Belle Fourche trip site .

Traveling by car from Pine Ridge to Belle Fourche takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Pine Ridge to Belle Fourche is 1 hour. When traveling from Pine Ridge in April, plan for little chillier days in Belle Fourche, with highs around 52°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Belle Fourche

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Deadwood, Savoy, Hulett, Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
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Adams House ©
Adams House
Rogue's Gallery ©
Rogue's Gallery

9
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Get outdoors at Black Hills and Angostura Recreation Area. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Geology and South Dakota State Railroad Museum. Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Elk Mountain Nature Trail (in Wind Cave National Park), Hill City (Twisted Pine Winery & The Museum @ Black Hills Institute) and Pioneer Museum (in Hot Springs). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars, identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, trek along Sunday Gulch Trail, and see the interesting displays at Ellsworth Air Force Base.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Belle Fourche to Rapid City in an hour. The time zone difference when traveling from Belle Fourche to Rapid City is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hill City, Sturgis, Hot Springs, Custer, Breezy Point Picnic Area
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Museum of Geology ©
Museum of Geology
Black Hills ©
Black Hills
Prairie Berry Winery ©
Prairie Berry Winery

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