3 days in Badlands National Park & Rapid City Itinerary

3 days in Badlands National Park & Rapid City Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
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Rapid City
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Badlands National Park

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Loop Road as well as Big Badlands Overlook. On the 4th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park travel route planning site.

Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sioux Falls in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Badlands National Park, with lows of 49°F. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
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Loop Road
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Geologic Formation
Yellow Mounds Overlook
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Rapid City

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Crazy Horse Memorial, Storybook Island, Needles Eye Tunnel, and other attractions you added. On the 4th (Fri), find something for the whole family at Storybook Island and then appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, get interesting insight from 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, then take in a show at Deadwood Alive, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rapid City sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Badlands National Park in September, plan for little chillier days in Rapid City, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
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