9 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

9 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4 h 30 min
Rapid City
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Chicago

Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Wildlife Loop Road, &more), Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Breezy Point Picnic Area) and Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, and do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Rapid City trip planner.

Chicago to Rapid City is an approximately 4.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Rapid City. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chicago in May: high temperatures in Rapid City hover around 65°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Interior.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Deadwood, Crazy Horse Memorial, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial


Interior ©
Interior is a town in Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Interior: Badlands National Park (Castle Trail, Loop Road, &more), Minuteman Missile National Historic Site (in Philip) and Wall Drug (in Wall). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, and trek along Notch Trail.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Interior trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Interior takes 1.5 hours. In May in Interior, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Interior

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Wall Drug
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall