3 days in South Dakota Itinerary

3 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Rapid City
— 1 night

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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.
On the 25th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, and then take a memorable drive along Loop Road. Keep things going the next day: hike along Door Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, hike along Notch Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Burns Basin Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park road trip planner.

New York City to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from New York City to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, expect little chillier with lows of 49°F in Badlands National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 27th (Sun), wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, then look for gifts at Alex Johnson Mercantile, and then do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City road trip app.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in September, you will find days in Rapid City are little chillier (75°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Neighborhoods · Wineries · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Firehouse Wine Cellars ©
Firehouse Wine Cellars
Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City
Alex Johnson Mercantile ©
Alex Johnson Mercantile

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