7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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

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.
Attractions like Reptile Gardens and Rushmore Tramway Adventures make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Custer State Park, & more) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, stop by Alex Johnson Mercantile, and admire all the interesting features of Big Thunder Gold Mine.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip tool .

You can drive from Hot Springs to Rapid City in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Hot Springs in June, Rapid City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

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Custer, Keystone
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

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.
On the 4th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Badlands National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rapid City in July, you will find days in Badlands National Park are somewhat warmer (91°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

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