6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
1
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Loop Road. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Chicago to Badlands National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in June, Badlands National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

4
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 enjoy Reptile Gardens and Rushmore Tramway Adventures. Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone), Insideout (in Hill City) and Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Sylvan Lake, & more). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine, and do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City trip builder app .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in June, expect nights in Rapid City to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Insideout
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Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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