4 days in South Dakota Itinerary

4 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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4 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Sioux City
Drive:  5​h 45​min
1
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
End: Sioux City

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 4th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yellow Mounds Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and then take a memorable drive along Loop Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, then hike along Notch Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park trip planner .

Sioux City to Badlands National Park is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sioux City to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. July in Badlands National Park sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and finally explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Pawnseum and then take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rapid City, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Rapid City by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Badlands National Park in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

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