8 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Omaha & Kansas City Itinerary

8 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Omaha & Kansas City Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner

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Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive
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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wind Cave National Park
— 1 night
Drive to Rapid City Regional Airport, Fly to Omaha
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Omaha
— 1 night
Drive
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Kansas City
— 2 nights
Fly to Atlanta, Bus to Chattanooga

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Rapid City

— 1 night

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 7th (Fri), learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Geology, and then view the masterpieces at Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, admire the striking features of Chapel in the Hills, and then find something for the whole family at Storybook Island.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rapid City journey planner.

Chattanooga to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chattanooga to Rapid City. Traveling from Chattanooga in May, things will get slightly colder in Rapid City: highs are around 65°F and lows about 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Theme Parks

Hot Springs

— 2 nights
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. On the 9th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Windcross Conservancy, then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, then explore the activities along Legion Lake, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Cascade Falls and Swimming Hole, look for all kinds of wild species at The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Angostura Recreation Area.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hot Springs online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Hot Springs takes an hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rapid City in May: high temperatures in Hot Springs hover around 59°F and lows are around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Wind Cave National Park.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Wind Cave National Park

— 1 night
Wind Cave National Park presents one of the United States' few remaining intact prairies.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Wind Cave National Park, then trek along Rankin Ridge Nature Trail, and then cruise along Needles Highway.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Wind Cave National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Wind Cave National Park takes an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Omaha.

Things to do in Wind Cave National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Trails

Side Trip

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Omaha

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
On the 12th (Wed), get answers to all your questions at Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters, then identify plant and animal life at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Henry Doorly Zoo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Joslyn Art Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Omaha trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wind Cave National Park to Omaha. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Wind Cave National Park to Omaha. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Wind Cave National Park in May, with highs in Omaha at 74°F and lows at 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kansas City.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Wildlife · Nightlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Kansas City

— 2 nights

City of Fountains

The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): examine the collection at TWA Museum, then engage your brain at Science City, then gain insight at Kaleidoscope, and finally see the interesting displays at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of National Frontier Trails Museum and then steep yourself in history at Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Kansas City road trip site.

You can drive from Omaha to Kansas City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May in Kansas City, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip