4 days in South Dakota Itinerary

4 days in South Dakota 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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park trip planner.

New York City to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in September since evenings lows in Badlands National Park dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Panorama Point Overlook
Panorama Point Overlook

3
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, Iron Mountain Road, &more) and Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Black Hills Helicopters). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, visit Downtown Rapid City, meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, and learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Rapid City itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Badlands National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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