8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly + taxi:  7​h
1
Hot Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Rapid City
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Kansas City

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 20th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Evans Plunge Mineral Springs.

Find out how to plan Hot Springs trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Kansas City to Hot Springs is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Hot Springs is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kansas City in July, with highs in Hot Springs at 80°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Wildlife Loop Road, Wind Cave National Park
Highlights from your plan
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

5
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Reptile Gardens and Big Thunder Gold Mine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Custer (Custer State Park, Sylvan Lake, & more) and Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Rush Mountain Adventure Park, & more). Pack the 25th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA and view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City journey builder website .

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Rapid City takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rapid City when traveling from Hot Springs in July, with lows around 62°F. 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 Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone
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Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

1
night
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 27th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall and then cruise along Loop Road.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park tour website .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Badlands National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Rapid City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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