8 days in Rapid City & Badlands National Park Itinerary

8 days in Rapid City & Badlands National Park Itinerary

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Rapid City
— 4 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chapel in the Hills. Explore hidden gems such as Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame and The Museum @ Black Hills Institute. Museum-lovers will get to explore Days of '76 Museum and Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Deadwood Trailhead George S. Mickelson Trail (in Deadwood), Black Hills Mining Museum (in Lead) and Custer (Custer County 1881 Courthouse & Stockade Lake). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museum of Geology, try for a hole-in-one at Putz n Glo Black Light Mini Golf, learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars, and get your game on at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City day trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Rapid City. June in Rapid City sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Deadwood, Lead, Custer, Bridal Veil Falls, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame
Highlights from your plan
Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills
Museum of Geology ©
Museum of Geology
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute

3
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 26th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Sage Creek Wilderness Area, take a memorable drive along Sheep Mountain Table Road, explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Homestead Overlook, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Burns Basin Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Bigfoot Pass Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, then hike along Saddle Pass Trail, and finally look for gifts at Badlands Ranch Store.

To find out how to plan a trip to Badlands National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Badlands National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Sage Creek Wilderness Area ©
Sage Creek Wilderness Area
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Pinnacles Overlook ©
Pinnacles Overlook

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