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Loop Road, Badlands National Park
(4.9/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
Drive the scenic Loop Road to explore the beauties of Badlands National Park. Approximately 64 km (40 mi) long, the road winds through the park, following the contours of nature. Stop at some of the many overlooks with parking areas to admire the scenery and take photos. Many of these spots offer hiking trails, too. Throughout the park, you may see bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, bison, and more animals. Because the road is inside a national park, an admission fee is charged at the road's entrance. A visit to Loop Road represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Badlands National Park itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Don't miss Badlands National Park! The scenery is unlike anything you've ever seen. This is a huge park, but you can drive most of it along the loop road, which is what my husband and I did. You don't...  more »
  • This is an amazing road trip destination. The views both from the car and out and about are amazing. The pure magnitude of the area really sets in when you arrive. Stay a while and take your time, get...  more »
  • When driving along Interstate 90 you've got to take the time to drive through Badlands National Park. This place is nothing like home. Surreal landscape, today we saw mule deer, buffalo, big horn shee...  more »