7 days in Badlands National Park & Cody Itinerary

7 days in Badlands National Park & Cody Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Cody
— 4 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Homestead Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, cruise along Loop Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Conata Basin Overlook, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and finally get great views at Pinnacles Overlook. Keep things going the next day: hike along Notch Trail, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, thentake in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, thenexplore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape of Burns Basin Overlook.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Badlands National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Tampa to Badlands National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Tampa in August, expect Badlands National Park to be little chillier, temps between °F and °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Cody.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yellowstone National Park (Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Sulphur Caldron, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Buffalo Bill Center of the West, steep yourself in history at Old Trail Town, and don't miss a visit to Pahaska Tepee.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cody trip builder site.

Drive from Badlands National Park to Cody in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Badlands National Park in August, you will find days in Cody are little chillier (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cody

Museums Nature Parks

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Yellowstone National Park
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Buffalo Bill Center of the West ©
Buffalo Bill Center of the West

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