6 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

6 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Rapid City
— 3 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.
Loop Road has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, cruise along Loop Road, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape of Burns Basin Overlook. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, thenexplore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, and finally get great views at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Broken Bow to Badlands National Park is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Broken Bow in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Badlands National Park, with lows of °F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
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Badlands National Park

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Reptile Gardens. Escape the urban bustle at Bear Country USA and Presidential Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium (in Keystone) and Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Needles Eye Tunnel, &more). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel in the Hills, make a trip to Dinosaur Park, have some family-friendly fun at Cosmos Mystery Area, and find something for the whole family at Storybook Island.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City sightseeing app.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Badlands National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Rapid City, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Custer
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Bear Country USA
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Needles Eye Tunnel

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