3 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

3 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Black Hills & Badlands vacation planner
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Fly to Rapid City Regional Airport, Drive to Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park
— 1 day
— 2 nights
Drive to Rapid City Regional Airport, Fly to Kalamazoo


Badlands National Park — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall and then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Badlands National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Kalamazoo to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Kalamazoo in May, Badlands National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Keystone.
Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Keystone — 2 nights

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
On the 25th (Wed), cruise along Wildlife Loop Road, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): stroll through Black Hills National Forest.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Keystone day trip site.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Keystone takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in May: high temperatures in Keystone hover around 59°F and lows are around 37°F. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Wildlife
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