7 days in Medora & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

7 days in Medora & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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Fly to Bismarck, Drive to Medora
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Medora
— 1 night
Drive
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Keystone
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hot Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Medora

— 1 night
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at South Unit. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Von Hoffman House.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Medora tour itinerary app.

Minneapolis to Medora is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Medora. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Minneapolis in May since evenings lows in Medora dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Medora

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Keystone

— 3 nights

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stroll through Little Devil's Tower Trail, explore the activities along Horse Thief Lake, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at The Farmer's Daughter, take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, then take in the awesome beauty at Black Hills, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Keystone online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Medora to Keystone in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Medora in May: highs in Keystone hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Hot Springs

— 1 night
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): examine the collection at Pioneer Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Angostura Recreation Area, then stroll through Windcross Conservancy, and finally trek along Elk Mountain Nature Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hot Springs road trip site.

Drive from Keystone to Hot Springs in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Hot Springs are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 1 night
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 22nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Conata Basin Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Homestead Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Burns Basin Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Bigfoot Pass Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, and finally get a dose of the wild on Hurley Butte Horseback Riding.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Hot Springs in May, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip