3 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

3 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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3 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  7​h
1
Rapid City
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Wall
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
End: New York City

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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 23rd (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Big Thunder Gold Mine and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel in the Hills. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and finally explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rapid City trip planner .

New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Rapid City is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 57°F in Rapid City. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Wall.

Things to do in Rapid City

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone
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Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Wall route builder .

You can drive from Rapid City to Wall in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Wall can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wall

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
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Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

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