5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Duluth
Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Duluth

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 6th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, then hike along Door Trail, then trek along Notch Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook. On the next day, cruise along Loop Road, trek along Castle Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Conata Basin Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Badlands National Park holiday maker app .

Duluth to Badlands National Park is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Duluth in June: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Loop Road ©
Loop Road

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.
On the 8th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, then meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, and then wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City. On the next day, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, have some family-friendly fun at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rapid City online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Badlands National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Custer State Park
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf ©
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

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