4 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Devils Tower & Thermopolis Itinerary

4 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Devils Tower & Thermopolis Itinerary

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Rapid City
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Devils Tower
— 1 night
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Thermopolis
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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at Cosmos Mystery Area and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium, thenappreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial, thencruise along Iron Mountain Road, and finally cruise along Wildlife Loop Road.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City attractions planner.

Salt Lake City to Rapid City is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June, Rapid City is slightly colder than Salt Lake City - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Devils Tower.

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Keystone, Custer
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road

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Devils Tower

Devils Tower ©
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Wind Circles, thenexplore the striking landscape at Devils Tower National Monument, and then take in the pleasant sights at Tower Trail.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Devils Tower trip planner.

You can drive from Rapid City to Devils Tower in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Rapid City in June, Devils Tower is little chillier at night with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Thermopolis.

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Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument

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Thermopolis

Thermopolis ©
Thermopolis is the largest town in, and the county seat of Hot Springs County, Wyoming, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): make a splash at The Star Plunge, thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs State Park, and then engage your brain at Wyoming Dinosaur Center.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Thermopolis vacation planner.

Getting from Devils Tower to Thermopolis by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Devils Tower, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Thermopolis, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thermopolis

Parks Nature Museums
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Hot Springs State Park ©
Hot Springs State Park
Wyoming Dinosaur Center ©
Wyoming Dinosaur Center
The Star Plunge ©
The Star Plunge

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