4 days in Badlands National Park & Keystone Itinerary

4 days in Badlands National Park & Keystone Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 1 day
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Keystone
— 3 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and then take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Badlands National Park vacation maker site.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Badlands National Park. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

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nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Presidential Trail, and then appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, thenexplore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and finally learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Keystone online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Keystone takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Badlands National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Keystone: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Prairie Berry Winery
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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