23 days in Sturgis, Badlands National Park & Cody Itinerary

23 days in Sturgis, Badlands National Park & Cody Itinerary

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Sturgis
— 13 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Cody
— 3 nights
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Cody
— 2 nights
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Sturgis

— 13 nights
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 Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. Venture out of the city with trips to Spearfish (McNenny State Fish Hatchery, Bridal Veil Falls, &more), Hulett Museum (in Hulett) and Devils Tower (Wind Circles & Tower Trail). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Old Fort Meade Museum, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Hills, contemplate the long history of Vore Buffalo Jump, and examine the collection at Crook County Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sturgis trip itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Sturgis. August in Sturgis sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sturgis

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Badlands National Park

— 3 nights
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, then explore 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, then explore the striking landscape of Bigfoot Pass Overlook, then trek 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 travel to Cody.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:

Cody

— 3 nights

Preferred Gateway to Yellowstone

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, then look for gifts at Cowtown Candy Company, then examine 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, then do 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 flight from Badlands National Park to Cody takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. 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 · Wineries
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Cody

— 2 nights

Preferred Gateway to Yellowstone

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, then take a peaceful walk through Shoshone National Forest, then see 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 · Historic Sites
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