8 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

8 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
2
Rapid City
— 6 nights

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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 17th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Burns Basin Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panorama Point Overlook, thentake in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, thencruise along Loop Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Badlands National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Milwaukee to Badlands National Park is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Milwaukee, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to 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 Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Panorama Point Overlook
Panorama Point Overlook

6
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bear Country USA and Reptile Gardens. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Sylvan Lake, &more), Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park) and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs). Pack the 24th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, get interesting insight from Black Hills Helicopters, wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, and go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rapid City vacation planning app.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in July: highs in Rapid City hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Wind Cave National Park, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, The Stables at Palmer Gulch
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Rushmore Tramway Adventures ©
Rushmore Tramway Adventures

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