5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Cedar Rapids
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Crazy Horse
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Cedar Rapids


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.
To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip planner .

Cedar Rapids to Badlands National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Cedar Rapids to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cedar Rapids in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 10°F in Badlands National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Crazy Horse.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Wall Drug
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Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

3
nights
Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Crazy Horse: Rapid City (Downtown Rapid City & Bear Country USA) and Custer State Park (in Custer).

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Crazy Horse trip planner .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Crazy Horse takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Crazy Horse can reach 34°F, while at night they dip to 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Crazy Horse

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Rapid City, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Needles Highway
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

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