8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Omaha
Fly + taxi:  6​h
1
Hot Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Omaha

1
night
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Pioneer Museum and then get curious at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Windcross Conservancy, explore and take pictures at Needles Highway, and then cruise along Wildlife Loop Road.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hot Springs trip itinerary maker tool .

Omaha to Hot Springs is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Omaha to Hot Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Omaha in June, expect Hot Springs to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Scenic Drive Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Needles Highway, Wildlife Loop Road, Windcross Conservancy
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Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Windcross Conservancy ©
Windcross Conservancy

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.
Kids will enjoy Reptile Gardens and Bear Country USA. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Custer (Custer State Park, Sylvan Lake, & more) and Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Goodtyme Photo). Pack the 17th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, and admire all the interesting features of Big Thunder Gold Mine.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City visit planner .

Drive from Hot Springs to Rapid City in 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rapid City when traveling from Hot Springs in June, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Keystone, Custer
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Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Rushmore Tramway Adventures ©
Rushmore Tramway Adventures

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.
On the 20th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, explore and take pictures at Loop Road, and then identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Badlands National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Badlands National Park are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

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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