4 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

4 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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Rapid City
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Rapid City — 3 nights

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Bring the kids along to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Suzie Cappa Art Center and Insideout. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Elk Mountain Nature Trail (in Wind Cave National Park) and Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Sylvan Lake, &more). The adventure continues: stroll through Bear Country USA and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip planner.

New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rapid City, with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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