8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Rapid City
— 5 nights
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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 3rd (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Pinnacles Overlook and then look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park trip itinerary app.

Appleton to Badlands National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Appleton in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your trip
Loop Road ©
Must see
Loop Road
4.9
Badlands Wall ©
Geologic Formation
Badlands Wall
4.9
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Geologic Formation
Yellow Mounds Overlook
4.9

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Rapid City

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone) and Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Iron Mountain Road, &more). Pack the 8th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, see the interesting displays at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, find something for the whole family at Storybook Island, and get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City vacation builder site.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in July, expect nights in Rapid City to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are little chillier, around 85°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Bear Country USA ©
Must see
Bear Country USA
4.4
Sylvan Lake ©
Water Body
Sylvan Lake
4.8

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