4 days in South Dakota Itinerary

4 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
Rapid City
— 3 nights


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.
You've added Badlands Ranch Store, Bigfoot Pass Overlook, Panorama Point Overlook, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 14th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yellow Mounds Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then cruise along Loop Road, then hike along Notch Trail, and finally take some stellar pictures from Pinnacles Overlook.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park itinerary builder website.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Badlands National Park. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Tue) before leaving for Philip.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping


Philip is a city in Haakon County, South Dakota, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Badlands Trading Post. On the 14th (Tue), stop by Badlands Trading Post and then steep yourself in history at Prairie Homestead.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Philip online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Philip takes an hour. In June, daytime highs in Philip are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Murdo.
Historic Sites · Shopping


Murdo is a city in Jones County, South Dakota, United States. To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Murdo trip planner.

You can drive from Philip to Murdo in an hour. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. June in Murdo sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 56°F at night. On the 14th (Tue), you're off to Rapid City.
Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Museums

Rapid City — 3 nights

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Badlands National Park as well as Chapel in the Hills. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel in the Hills. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial and then wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rapid City tour itinerary site.

Getting from Murdo to Rapid City by car takes about 2 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 57°F.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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South Dakota travel guide

National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.