4 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

4 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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4 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  7​h
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
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: Custer (Sylvan Lake, Needles Eye Tunnel, & more). There's more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens and don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Park.

To see reviews and more tourist information, read our Rapid City journey planner.

New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rapid City, with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Custer
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Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road

1
night
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.
For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park trip planning website .

Getting from Rapid City to Badlands National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Rapid City in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road

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