9 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

9 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Black Hills & Badlands visit planner
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Rapid City
— 3 nights
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Interior
— 3 nights
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Wounded Knee
— 1 night
Drive to Chadron Municipal Airport, Fly to Little Rock

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Rapid City — 3 nights

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mount Moriah Cemetery and Historic Old Town. Take a break from the city and head to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Wildlife Loop Road. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park) and Presidential Trail (in Keystone).

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rapid City holiday planning website.

Little Rock to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Little Rock to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. In May, Rapid City is a bit cooler than Little Rock - with highs of 65°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Interior.
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Side Trips

Interior — 3 nights

Interior is a town in Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. Popular historic sites such as Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Prairie Homestead are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Badlands National Park and Loop Road. Go for a jaunt from Interior to Badlands National Park to see Badlands Wall about 38 minutes away. There's more to do: get a dose of the wild on Hurley Butte Horseback Riding and take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Interior itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Rapid City to Interior in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Interior can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Wounded Knee.
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Side Trips

Wounded Knee — 1 night

Wounded Knee is a census-designated place in Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota, United States. On the 22nd (Sun), appreciate the history behind Wounded Knee Massacre Monument.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Wounded Knee trip builder app.

You can drive from Interior to Wounded Knee in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.
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