3 days in South Dakota Itinerary

3 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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3 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Kansas City

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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 29th (Sat), shop like a local with Suzie Cappa Art Center and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rapid City visit planner.

Kansas City to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Rapid City is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kansas City in June, with highs in Rapid City at 78°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sylvan Lake, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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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 1st (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall and then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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