6 days in Badlands National Park, Rapid City & Custer Itinerary

6 days in Badlands National Park, Rapid City & Custer Itinerary

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6 days in Badlands National Park, Rapid City & Custer Itinerary

Start: Omaha
Fly + Taxi:  6​h 15​min
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Custer
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Omaha

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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 29th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook and then explore and take pictures at Loop Road.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park travel route planner .

Omaha to Badlands National Park is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Omaha to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Omaha in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Badlands National Park, with lows around 60°F. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook

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Rapid City

Rapid City
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

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Getting from Badlands National Park to Rapid City by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in July, expect nights in Rapid City to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are little chillier, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Rapid City

Neighborhoods

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Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Custer: Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs), Insideout (in Hill City) and Presidential Trail (in Keystone). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, and get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Custer road trip tool .

You can drive from Rapid City to Custer in an hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rapid City in July; daily highs in Custer reach 80°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Insideout, Needles Highway
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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