26 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

26 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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26 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Start: Savannah
Fly + taxi:  9​h 15​min
1
Badlands National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Rapid City
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Belle Fourche
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Hot Springs
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Savannah

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 Badlands National Park and Big Badlands Overlook. There's still lots to do: cruise along Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook, hike along Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead, and explore the striking landscape of Homestead Overlook.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park tour itinerary app .

Savannah to Badlands National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Savannah to Badlands National Park. While traveling from Savannah, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

11
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mount Moriah Cemetery and Adams House. Get outdoors at Bear Country USA and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Hill City (The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, Civilian Conservation Corps Museum of South Dakota, & more), Custer (Black Hills National Forest, Iron Mountain Road, & more) and Deadwood (Historic Old Town, Scott Jacobs Studio, & more). There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, learn about all things military at Launch Control Facility Delta-01, and take in the exciting artwork at Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rapid City trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in April, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Belle Fourche.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Deadwood, Hill City, Keystone, Philip
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Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA

3
nights
Belle Fourche

Belle Fourche ©
Belle Fourche is a city in and the county seat of Butte County, South Dakota, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Tri-State Museum. Visiting Roughlock Falls State Nature Area and McNenny State Fish Hatchery will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Belle Fourche: Spearfish (Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, Termesphere Gallery, & more). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center, sample the tasty concoctions at Crow Peak Brewing Company, and get outside with PaleoAdventures.

For more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Belle Fourche trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Belle Fourche takes an hour. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to Belle Fourche due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Belle Fourche can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Belle Fourche

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Spearfish, Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
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PaleoAdventures ©
PaleoAdventures

6
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Pioneer Museum. Get in touch with nature at Wildlife Loop Road and Angostura Recreation Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hot Springs: Custer (Jewel Cave National Monument, Sunday Gulch Trail, & more) and Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Windcross Conservancy, witness a stunning natural landmark at Evans Plunge Mineral Springs, admire the sheer force of Cascade Falls and Swimming Hole, and hike along Elk Mountain Nature Trail.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Hot Springs road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Belle Fourche to Hot Springs takes 2 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Belle Fourche to Hot Springs. In April, daytime highs in Hot Springs are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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