10 days in South Dakota, Portland & Baton Rouge Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota, Portland & Baton Rouge Itinerary

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10 days in South Dakota, Portland & Baton Rouge Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  7 h 45 min
1
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
2
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Portland
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
4
Baton Rouge
— 3 nights
Fly + Foot:  7 h
End: New York City

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.
On the 7th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

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New York City to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in August since evenings lows in Badlands National Park dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Trails Wildlife

Side Trip

Delta-09 Missile Silo
Highlights from your plan
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel in the Hills, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, get engrossed in the history at Adams House, then learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, and finally do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rapid City online route planner .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Deadwood, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Prairie Berry Winery
Highlights from your plan
Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Adams House ©
Adams House

2
nights
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Portland Art Museum, then steep yourself in history at Fort Vancouver | National Historic Site, and then steep yourself in history at Officers' Row. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Archery Summit Winery, do a tasting at Domaine Serene, then learn about winemaking at Stoller Family Estate, and finally admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Portland trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Rapid City to Portland by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rapid City to Portland, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in Portland

Wineries Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Dayton, Vancouver
Highlights from your plan
Fort Vancouver | National Historic Site ©
Domaine Serene ©
Domaine Serene
Officers' Row ©
Officers' Row

3
nights
Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge ©
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site and St. Joseph Plantation will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to USS Kidd and Cathedral of St John the Evangelist. Explore Baton Rouge's surroundings by going to Acadian Memorial (in Saint Martinville), Natchez (Mount Locust Inn & Plantation, St. Mary Basilica, & more) and Oakley Plantation at Audubon State Historic Site (in Saint Francisville). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Louisiana's Old State Capitol, look for all kinds of wild species at Mike the Tiger Habitat, get engrossed in the history at Plaquemine Lock, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Baton Rouge trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Portland to Baton Rouge takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Baton Rouge is 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Portland in August: high temperatures in Baton Rouge hover around 92°F and lows are around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Natchez, Saint Francisville, Acadian Memorial, St. Joseph Plantation, Plaquemine Lock
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of St John the Evangelist ©
St. Mary Basilica ©
St. Mary Basilica
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site ©

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