7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Rapid City
— 4 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night

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.
Bring the kids along to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Bear Country USA. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Custer State Park, &more). Pack the 3rd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, stop by Alex Johnson Mercantile, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City road trip planner.

Omaha to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Omaha in June: high temperatures in Rapid City hover around 78°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park online journey planner.

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Rapid City in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

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