8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Rapid City
— 3 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Sioux Falls
— 2 nights

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Custer (Sylvan Lake, Needles Eye Tunnel, &more), Keystone (Breezy Point Picnic Area, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, &more) and Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, and take in the exciting artwork at Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries.

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London, UK to Rapid City is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from London in August, you will find days in Rapid City are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Crazy Horse Memorial
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City

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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 19th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park. On your second day here, hike along Castle Trail, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally stroll through Yellow Mounds Overlook.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Badlands National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sioux Falls.

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
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 21st (Sat), explore the engaging exhibits at Stockyards Ag Experience, stroll around Falls Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, and finally hike along SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Sioux Falls day trip planning app.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Badlands National Park in August, you will find days in Sioux Falls are little chillier (31°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument ©
SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument

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