8 days in New Jersey & South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in New Jersey & South Dakota Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Cape May
— 2 nights
2
Hamilton
— 1 night
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
4
Rapid City
— 3 nights

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nights
Cape May

Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
Explore Cape May's surroundings by going to Atlantic City (Borgata Casino, Atlantic City Boardwalk, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sea views from Cape May Lighthouse, identify plant and animal life at South Cape May Meadows, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take some stellar pictures from World War II Lookout Tower.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cape May sightseeing planning site.

Newark to Cape May is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train, tram, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in October, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Cape May

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Atlantic City
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Cape May Lighthouse ©
Cape May Lighthouse
Borgata Casino ©
Borgata Casino

1
night
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Six Flags Great Adventure and then stroll around Grounds For Sculpture.

Plan my day in Hamilton using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Cape May to Hamilton takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Hamilton are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Six Flags Great Adventure
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Grounds For Sculpture ©
Grounds For Sculpture
Six Flags Great Adventure ©
Six Flags Great Adventure

1
night
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 30th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Burns Basin Overlook, thencruise along Loop Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park day trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hamilton to Badlands National Park. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Hamilton in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Badlands National Park, with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

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

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nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone), Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse) and Custer (Wildlife Loop Road & Iron Mountain Road). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars, and view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City trip maker.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Rapid City by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in October, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA

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