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 travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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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 10th (Sat), brush up on your military savvy at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, then examine the collection at Museum of Geology, and then view the masterpieces at Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Bear Country USA, admire the striking features of Chapel in the Hills, and then find something for the whole family at Storybook Island.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rapid City trip planning site.

Chattanooga to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chattanooga to Rapid City, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chattanooga in July: high temperatures in Rapid City hover around 85°F and lows are around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Hot Springs

— 2 nights
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): stroll through Windcross Conservancy, then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Legion Lake, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascade Falls and Swimming Hole, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Angostura Recreation Area.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hot Springs trip tool.

You can drive from Rapid City to Hot Springs in an hour. Traveling from Rapid City in July, expect Hot Springs to be slightly colder, temps between 80°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Wind Cave National Park.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Wind Cave National Park

— 1 night
Wind Cave National Park presents one of the United States' few remaining intact prairies.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): Head underground at Wind Cave National Park, trek along Rankin Ridge Nature Trail, and then take a memorable drive along Needles Highway.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Wind Cave National Park trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Wind Cave National Park in an hour. July in Wind Cave National Park sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Omaha.

Things to do in Wind Cave National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): get your bearings at Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, then listen to music at Henry Doorly Zoo, and finally explore the world behind art at Joslyn Art Museum.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Omaha tour planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wind Cave National Park to Omaha. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Wind Cave National Park to Omaha due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Wind Cave National Park in July, with highs in Omaha at 87°F and lows at 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Wildlife · Nightlife · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): examine the collection at TWA Museum, get curious at Science City, then explore the engaging exhibits at Kaleidoscope, and finally see the interesting displays at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at National Frontier Trails Museum and then contemplate the long history of Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kansas City vacation planner.

You can drive from Omaha to Kansas City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Kansas City are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip