3 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

3 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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Rapid City
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Rapid City

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Presidential Trail (in Keystone) and Custer (Iron Mountain Road & Needles Eye Tunnel). There's more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens and take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City online holiday planner.

New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in November, with highs in Rapid City at 48°F and lows at 28°F. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trips