6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Austin
Drive:  9​h
1
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
End: Austin

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Reptile Gardens and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Custer State Park, & more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Storybook Island, take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center, wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, and learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip maker tool .

Austin to Rapid City is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Austin to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Custer, Prairie Berry Winery, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): stop by Badlands Ranch Store, then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and finally cruise along Loop Road.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park road trip website .

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 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Scenic Drive Nature
Highlights from your plan
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

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