4 days in South Dakota Itinerary

4 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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4 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
End: New York 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rapid City online trip itinerary builder .

New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in April, expect Rapid City to be little chillier, temps between 54°F and 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

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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 21st (Sun): browse the different shops at Wall Drug, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and then cruise along Loop Road.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park trip website .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Badlands National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in April, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Wall Drug
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Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral and then stroll through Falls Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Sioux Falls trip itinerary site .

Getting from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, daily temperatures in Sioux Falls can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

#Parks, #Historic Sites
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Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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