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Badlands National Park

(4.4/5 based on 3,200+ reviews for top 10 attractions)
Things to do: scenic drive, nature, trails
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. Here you'll have the chance to glimpse bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and the most endangered land mammal in the United States, the black-footed ferret. Interstate 90 passes through the Badlands, and you can view the landscape and wildlife as you navigate the loop road off the highway. Hiking trails bring you up close to the park's array of wild formations. Use our United States trip generator to arrange your visit to Badlands National Park and any other destinations in United States that take your fancy.
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While Badlands National Park provides a handful of campgrounds within the park's boundaries, the Cedar Pass Lodge is the only place inside the park that gives you a roof over your head. Sitting 100 km (62.5 mi) away, Murdo is the most developed town east of the park. Here you'll find a handful of economy chain motels and locally owned lodges. About the same distance west of the park, Rapid City offers the same range of accommodations, but with more places to choose from. Rapid City provides more entertainment options and sits to the east of the Black Hills and north of Wind Cave National Park, making it a better choice as a place to stay if you're planning a longer vacation in the area.
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