6 days in South Dakota & Grand Forks Itinerary

6 days in South Dakota & Grand Forks Itinerary

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6 days in South Dakota & Grand Forks Itinerary

Start: Omaha
Fly + taxi:  6​h
1
Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Grand Forks
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Omaha

2
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Family-friendly places like Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Windcross Conservancy will thrill your kids. Explore Hot Springs' surroundings by going to Custer (Sylvan Lake, Wildlife Loop Road, & more) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone).

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hot Springs trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Omaha to Hot Springs is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, Hot Springs is little chillier than Omaha - with highs of 73°F and lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Windcross Conservancy
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

1
night
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
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 17th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, and then take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rapid City trip planner .

You can drive from Hot Springs to Rapid City in 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rapid City when traveling from Hot Springs in June, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

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.
On the 18th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then cruise along Loop Road, and then identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park journey planner.

Getting from Rapid City to Badlands National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. June in Badlands National Park sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Forks.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

1
day
Grand Forks

Grand Forks ©
Grand Forks is the third-largest city in the State of North Dakota (after Fargo and Bismarck) and is the county seat of Grand Forks County. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): look for gifts at Widman's Candy Shop, admire all the interesting features of University of North Dakota, and then explore and take pictures at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Forks trip planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Grand Forks takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Grand Forks, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Badlands National Park in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Grand Forks: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Forks

Shopping
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Widman's Candy Shop ©
Widman's Candy Shop
University of North Dakota ©
University of North Dakota
Ralph Engelstad Arena ©
Ralph Engelstad Arena

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