4 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

4 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 1 day
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Rapid City
— 3 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yellow Mounds Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, and finally get great views at Pinnacles Overlook.

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New York City to Badlands National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Badlands National Park is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in May since evenings lows in Badlands National Park dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Rapid City

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Family-friendly places like Bear Country USA and Reptile Gardens will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone) and Custer (Custer State Park, Needles Eye Tunnel, &more). It doesn't end there: stop by Downtown Rapid City.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in May: highs in Rapid City hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips