6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota vacation planner

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Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
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Rapid City
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Badlands National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Badlands National Park to Murdo to see South Dakota's Original 1880 Town about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 2nd (Mon) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, explore the striking landscape of White River Valley Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook, and hike along Door Trail.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Minneapolis to Badlands National Park is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Minneapolis to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Minneapolis, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Rapid City

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 5th (Thu), look for gifts at Black Hills Vinyl.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rapid City online trip planner.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Shopping
Highlights from your trip

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.