5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Aberdeen
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Madison

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Custer State Park, & more) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center, and learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City trip itinerary planning site .

Madison to Rapid City is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Madison to Rapid City is minus 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

Plan my trip to Badlands National Park with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Rapid City to Badlands National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Badlands National Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Aberdeen.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

1
night
Aberdeen

Aberdeen ©
Aberdeen is a city in and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, United States, about northeast of Pierre. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): stroll around Richmond Lake Recreation Area, then walk around Wylie Park, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Storybook Land.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Aberdeen trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Aberdeen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to Aberdeen is 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in August: highs in Aberdeen hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Parks Fun & Games
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Wylie Park ©
Wylie Park
Richmond Lake Recreation Area ©
Richmond Lake Recreation Area

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