7 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

7 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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7 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hot Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  14​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Museum of Geology, do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars, examine the collection at National Presidential Wax Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Insideout, and finally learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City online trip itinerary maker .

New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rapid City, with lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Hill City, Tatanka: Story of the Bison, D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, National Presidential Wax Museum
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Museum of Geology ©
Museum of Geology
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©

1
night
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Angostura Recreation Area, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascade Falls and Swimming Hole, and then learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hot Springs sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Hot Springs takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rapid City in May; daily highs in Hot Springs reach 59°F and lows reach 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Angostura Recreation Area ©
Angostura Recreation Area

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 24th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then stroll through Door Trail, then hike along Notch Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Prairie Homestead, then identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park vacation maker website .

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Traveling from Hot Springs in May, you will find days in Badlands National Park are a bit warmer (70°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Philip
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Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook

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