Suggested Itineraries | Black Hills & Badlands of South Dakota
Suggested Itineraries

Visiting the Black Hills? There's so much to see and you don't want to miss anything!

Visiting the Black Hills? There's so much to see and you don't want to miss anything!

Whether you're traveling alone or with your loved ones, we suggest you check out the following itineraries before making any plans​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​:

Great American Road Trip Itinerary

Great American Road Trip Itinerary

This five-day, fun-filled adventure will allow you to see and learn all about the Black Hills and Badlands and see why so many people call it home! 

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Black Hills & Badlands Motorcycle Rides | Rapid City to Sturgis via Nemo Road and Vanocker Canyon

Vanocker Canyon | Black Hills and Badlands

One truly inspirational ride, which is a part of the “newbies” Black Hills initiation, isn’t a long ride, but it is a great way to start the morning from Rapid City before stopping off in Sturgis.

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3-Day Dog Friendly Itinerary

Everyone loves to go on vacation, including your four-legged friends. So we’ve put together our best advice for a 3-day, dog-friendly getaway. But first, a few ground rules. While all of the businesses listed below are dog-friendly, they all agree on a few things: always clean up after your pet, always have your dog on a leash (unless otherwise stated), remember to pack water for them, and please be sure your dogs are current on their vaccinations. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get on to the fun stuff.

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Black Hills Winter Funk Busting Itinerary

Winter Wonderland | Black Hills and Badlands

If you have the cabin fever and are suffering in a bad way, we suggest a Black Hills three-day getaway complete with perfectly groomed trails, a day on the slopes or some oddly unique winter events to help keep all that funk away.

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Hit the Trails: 5 Gorgeous Fall Hikes

Hit the Trails: 5 Gorgeous Fall Hikes

Soon the air will be crisp, the leaves will change color and animals will start to prepare for the winter ahead. When that time comes, be ready to pull out your sweater and hiking boots and take a fall hike in the Black Hills.

Whether you’re a novice hiker wishing to spend a few hours in nature, or a veteran hiker looking for a pleasant daylong excursion, we have several hiking recommendations for you. Here are a few of our fall favorites:

1. Roughlock Falls Trail – Grade: Easy, Distance: 2 miles (round-trip)

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Kid Tested, Mother Approved – What to See & Do with Kids in the Black Hills

With its mix of authentically awe-inspiring landscapes, concentration of parks and hundreds – literally hundreds – of attractions, the Black Hills has served as an unforgettable vacation destination for generations of families.

So if you’re traveling with the brood, here’s what to do with kids in the Black Hills and Badlands Region. It’s a four-day itinerary for traveling with children, that’s the average length of a BH vacation (although we suggest more).

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Mickelson Trail Adventure Itinerary

Mickelson Trail Adventure Itinerary

Looking for a perfect mix of exploration and R&R?

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Kid Tested, Mother Approved – What to See & Do with Kids in the Black Hills

Kids at DC Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery | Spearfish, SD | Black Hills and Badlands

If you’re traveling with the brood, here’s what to do with kids in the Black Hills and Badlands Region. It’s a four-day, kid-tested-mother-approved itinerary for traveling with children, jam-packed with fun for everyone. 

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Black Hills National Parks & Monuments Travel Itinerary

Viewing Mount Rushmore National Memorial | Black Hills and Badlands

Hit the road and experience the National Parks and Monuments that the Black Hills have to offer.

Home of the internationally recognizable Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial and Badlands National Park, the Black Hills are also home to twelve other national/state parks and rec areas. With enough to see and do just in these treasures alone, this four day itinerary of Black Hills Parks and Monuments should serve only as a start. Trust us.

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Black Hills Best Motorcycle Rides Itinerary

Motorcycle Riding | Black Hills | Custer State Park

While the festivities of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally intrigue and conjure up a variety of images for those who ponder about the event, it is the one-of-a-kind Black Hills riding experiences that contribute to bringing motorcycle enthusiasts back to this area year after year.

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One Day Native American Cultural Trip

Perhaps more than any other group, the great Lakota Sioux Nation – with their striking tipis, fast horses and richly feathered and beaded clothing – have become the international symbol of America’s native people. And the Black Hills has an abundance of Native culture if you know where to look.

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Ten Favorite Free Things to Do in the Black Hills (or very nearly free anyways)

Wall Drug | Black Hills and Badlands

Here are ten favorite free things to do in the Black Hills (or very nearly free anyways) in no particular order. 

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The Kid Tested, Mother Approved Itinerary – What to See and Do with Kids in the Black Hills

Kids at Mount Rushmore National Memorial | Black Hills & Badlands of South Dakota

With its mix of authentically awe-inspiring landscapes and concentration of parks and hundreds – literally hundreds – of attractions, the Black Hills has served as an unforgettable vacation destination for generations of families. Here's our four-day itinerary for what to see and do with kids in the Black Hills and Badlands.

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