5 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

5 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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5 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h
1
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  8​h
End: Detroit

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Reptile Gardens and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. Venture out of the city with trips to Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Sylvan Lake, & more) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Dinosaur Park, look for gifts at Christmas Village Store, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel in the Hills, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City online holiday planner .

Detroit to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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.
On the 2nd (Fri), take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Badlands National Park fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road

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