9 days in Badlands National Park & Rapid City Itinerary

9 days in Badlands National Park & Rapid City Itinerary

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9 days in Badlands National Park & Rapid City Itinerary

Start: Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
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Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Badlands National Park

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Murdo (South Dakota's Original 1880 Town & Pioneer Auto Museum) and Prairie Homestead (in Philip). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook, tour the pleasant surroundings at Notch Trail, and look for gifts at Wall Drug.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park travel route builder site .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Badlands National Park. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in November, and nighttime lows around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Wall, Murdo, Philip, Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City. Keep things going the next day: stop by Christmas Village Store, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and finally don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in November, Rapid City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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