7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Missoula
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Missoula

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 3rd (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panorama Point Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, explore and take pictures at Loop Road, and then identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

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Missoula to Badlands National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Missoula in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Badlands National Park, with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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.
Get outdoors at Reptile Gardens and Needles Eye Tunnel. Shop till you drop at Wall Drug and Suzie Cappa Art Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Custer (Custer State Park, Sylvan Lake, & more) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery, and get in on the family fun at Storybook Island.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Rapid City trip planner .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Wall Drug, Prairie Berry Winery, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

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