23 days in Sturgis, Badlands National Park & Cody Itinerary

23 days in Sturgis, Badlands National Park & Cody Itinerary

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Start: Sturgis
1
Sturgis
— 13 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h
3
Cody
— 3 nights
4
Cody
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
End: Sturgis

13
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Sturgis

Sturgis ©
Sturgis is a city in Meade County, South Dakota, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Loud American Roadhouse, Schade Vineyard & Winery, Rogue's Gallery, and other attractions you added. Escape the urban bustle at Devils Tower National Monument and Black Elk Peak. Get a sense of the local culture at Mount Moriah Cemetery and Days of '76 Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Devils Tower (Wind Circles & Tower Trail), Spearfish (Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, McNenny State Fish Hatchery, &more) and Hulett Museum (in Hulett). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Black Hills Mining Museum, see the interesting displays at Tri-State Museum, admire the majestic nature at Roughlock Falls Nature Area, and take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sturgis trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sturgis. In August in Sturgis, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sturgis

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Spearfish, Deadwood, Devils Tower, Lead, Belle Fourche
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Rogue's Gallery ©
Rogue's Gallery
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Crook County Museum ©
Crook County Museum

3
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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.
On the 16th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Homestead Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burns Basin Overlook, tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Trail, thenexplore and take pictures at Loop Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Conata Basin Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, thenexplore the striking landscape of Bigfoot Pass Overlook, thentrek along Saddle Pass Trail, and finally trek along Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park vacation maker website.

You can drive from Sturgis to Badlands National Park in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sturgis to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Sturgis in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 58°F at night. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cody.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Panorama Point Overlook
Panorama Point Overlook
Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead ©
Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead

3
nights
Cody

Cody ©
A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): examine the collection at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum, thenlook for gifts at Cowtown Candy Company, thenexamine the collection at Cody Firearms Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Buffalo Bill Center of the West. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Whitney Western Art Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Draper Natural History Museum, thendo a tasting at Buffalo Jump Winery, LLC, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Paul Stock Nature Trail.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Cody travel app.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Cody takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Badlands National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in Cody, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cody.

Things to do in Cody

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Buffalo Bill Center of the West ©
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Draper Natural History Museum ©
Draper Natural History Museum
Whitney Western Art Museum ©
Whitney Western Art Museum

2
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Cody

Cody ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get outside with River Runners and then examine the collection at Tecumseh's Old West Miniature Village and Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Beartooth Basin, thentake a peaceful walk through Shoshone National Forest, thensee the interesting displays at Plains Indian Museum, and finally look for gifts at Sierra Trading Post.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cody trip planner.

Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cody

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Shoshone National Forest ©
Shoshone National Forest
Old Trail Town ©
Old Trail Town
River Runners ©
River Runners

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