4 days in South Dakota Itinerary

4 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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4 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Step off the beaten path and head to Museum of Geology and Firehouse Wine Cellars. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Rush Mountain Adventure Park (in Keystone) and Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, shop like a local with Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel in the Hills, and stop by Christmas Village Store.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rapid City online holiday builder .

Minneapolis to Rapid City is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Rapid City is minus 1 hour. September in Rapid City sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Wind Cave National Park, Rush Mountain Adventure Park, Prairie Berry Winery
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Rush Mountain Adventure Park ©
Rush Mountain Adventure Park
Museum of Geology ©
Museum of Geology
Firehouse Wine Cellars ©
Firehouse Wine Cellars

1
night
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 8th (Sun): trek along Door Trail, then trek along Notch Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park road trip site .

Getting from Rapid City to Badlands National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rapid City in September: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

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