4 days in South Dakota Itinerary

4 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota route planner

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Make it your trip
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Badlands National Park
— 1 day
Drive
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Hill City
— 3 nights
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Badlands National Park

— 1 day
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall and then take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park online route planner.

Orlando to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Orlando in April; daily highs in Badlands National Park reach 58°F and lows reach 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hill City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature
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Hill City

— 3 nights
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Black Hills has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Farmer's Daughter, and finally pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road, admire all the interesting features of Wildlife Loop Road, then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

For where to stay and tourist information, read our Hill City travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Hill City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Badlands National Park in April, plan for little chillier days in Hill City, with highs around 50°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°F. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Hill City

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

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South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.