5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Museum @ Black Hills Institute and Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries. Step off the beaten path and head to Museum of Geology and The Journey Museum & Learning Center. Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Custer State Park (in Custer), Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone) and Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars, steep yourself in history at Adams House, admire the striking features of Chapel in the Hills, and stop by Christmas Village Store.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rapid City road trip planning tool .

Minneapolis to Rapid City is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis to Rapid City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in June, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Hill City, Wind Cave National Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Adams House, Custer State Park
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Adams House ©
Adams House

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.
On the 19th (Wed), trek along Door Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, then hike along Notch Trail, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bigfoot Pass Overlook. On the next day, explore and take pictures at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panorama Point Overlook, then cruise along Loop Road, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Badlands National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

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