5 days in Springfield & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

5 days in Springfield & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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Springfield
Fly
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive
3
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Fly

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Springfield

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
On the 12th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and then steep yourself in history at Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Springfield trip website.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Springfield. July in Springfield sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Historic Sites

Badlands National Park

— 1 night
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 13th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, then look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Springfield to Badlands National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Springfield to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Springfield in July, expect little chillier with lows of 60°F in Badlands National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Rapid City

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, then stroll through Presidential Trail, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and finally stop by Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and then take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Rapid City, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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