5 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

5 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Black Hills & Badlands trip planner

©
This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

5 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Start: Rapid City
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Rapid City

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Legion Lake and Museum of Geology. Attractions like Broken Boot Gold Mine and Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail (in Custer) and Hill City (Things That Rock & The Museum @ Black Hills Institute). There's more to do: get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens and take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City day trip site .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Rapid City. June in Rapid City sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Hill City, Custer, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, Broken Boot Gold Mine
Highlights from your plan
Legion Lake ©
Legion Lake
Museum of Geology ©
Museum of Geology
Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center ©

2
nights
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 23rd (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, then look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, and finally admire all the interesting features of Yellow Mounds Overlook. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, then trek along Notch Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally hike along Door Trail.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park road trip planning website .

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Badlands National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

Similar Plans

7 days in Minneapolis, Black Hills & Badlands & Lincoln BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 6 days in Black Hills & Badlands BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Black Hills & Badlands BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Black Hills & Badlands BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Black Hills & Badlands BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 12 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Black Hills & Badlands BY A USER FROM CANADA August, outdoors, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in Black Hills & Badlands BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Chicago, Black Hills & Badlands & Yellowstone National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in Continental USA BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Black Hills & Badlands BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans