8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Hot Springs
— 1 night
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Rapid City
— 5 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night

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Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Evans Plunge Mineral Springs.

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Kansas City to Hot Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Hot Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kansas City in July, expect Hot Springs to be slightly colder, temps between 80°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Wind Cave National Park, Wildlife Loop Road
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Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

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nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Bring the kids along to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Bear Country USA. Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Keystone (Rush Mountain Adventure Park & Presidential Trail) and Custer (Custer State Park, Sylvan Lake, &more). Pack the 25th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center, and go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City travel planner.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Rapid City in an hour. Traveling from Hot Springs in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 62°F in Rapid City. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Keystone, Custer
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall and then take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Badlands National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Rapid City in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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