6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Fremont
Drive:  6​h 45​min
1
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: Fremont

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 5th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and then cruise along Loop Road.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park tour itinerary maker .

Fremont to Badlands National Park is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Fremont to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Badlands National Park when traveling from Fremont in August, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bridal Veil Falls and Custer State Park. Bring the kids along to Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Black Hills Mining Museum (in Lead), The Museum @ Black Hills Institute (in Hill City) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum of Geology, shop like a local with Suzie Cappa Art Center, take an in-depth tour of Pawnseum, and meet the residents at Reptile Gardens.

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You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Lead, Custer State Park, The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Bridal Veil Falls
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Museum of Geology ©
Museum of Geology
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©

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