6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  6​h
1
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h
End: Phoenix

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.
Visiting Bridal Veil Falls and Canyon Lake Park will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mt Roosevelt Monument and America's Founding Fathers Exhibit. Step out of Rapid City with an excursion to Custer State Park in Custer--about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars and wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rapid City trip itinerary planner .

Phoenix to Rapid City is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Phoenix in July, things will get cooler in Rapid City: highs are around 85°F and lows about 62°F. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bridal Veil Falls, Custer State Park, Mt Roosevelt Monument
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Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Firehouse Wine Cellars ©
Firehouse Wine Cellars

2
nights
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): explore the striking landscape at White River Valley Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Homestead Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, and then cruise along Loop Road.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Badlands National Park tour itinerary builder site .

Getting from Rapid City to Badlands National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rapid City in July: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 60°F. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
White River Valley Overlook ©
White River Valley Overlook

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