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The Badlands of South Dakota and North Dakota

4 Days

Day 1

Starting in Rapid City, depart via Interstate 90 to Wall, home of a world-famous drug store. Next, continue on to Badlands National Park.

Follow Highway 240, also known as the Badlands Loop, with a stop for a unique lunch of Indian tacos.

Return to the Black Hills via Highway 44, then south on Highway 79 and west on Highway 40 to Keystone, the little town at the base of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Overnight in Keystone.

Day 2

First stop of the day is Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Spend time at the Lincoln Borglum Museum at the memorial to learn more about this amazing sculpture.

Continue on Highway 16A (see motor coach information) to Custer State Park. This scenic drive, also known as Iron Mountain Road, curves and winds through pigtail bridges and mountain tunnels. Once in Custer State Park, enjoy the sites on the Wildlife Loop Road, where visitors have excellent chances of spotting wildlife like buffalo, deer, antelope, bighorn sheep and more.

From Custer State Park, travel to Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest mountain carving in progress. Continue north to the Old West mining towns of Lead and Deadwood. Spend the evening at one of Deadwood’s gaming parlors or Old West shows. Overnight in Lead or Deadwood.

Day 3

Start the day with a drive through Spearfish Canyon, a National Forest Scenic Byway. Enjoy the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish. Depart the Black Hills via the western town of Belle Fourche and Highway 85 north to North Dakota. Overnight in Medora.

Day 4

Medora, a restored cowboy town, was founded in 1883 and offers a nightly musical, trail rides, several museums, buggy rides and more. Spend time in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Overnight in Medora.

Next Up: The Black and Yellow Trail