9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Rapid City
— 5 nights

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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.
Spend the 2nd (Sun) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park day trip planner.

New York City to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Badlands National Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Badlands National Park, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Loop Road
4.9
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National Park
Badlands National Park
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Geologic Formation
Badlands Wall
4.9

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Rapid City

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 Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Sylvan Lake, &more), Keystone (Presidential Trail & Mount Rushmore National Memorial) and The Farmer's Daughter (in Hill City). Pack the 5th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, get in on the family fun at Storybook Island, and learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Rapid City by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Rapid City sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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