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Popular Attractions near Badlands National Park

If you're a first time visitor to Badlands National Park, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a local neighborhood could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but it may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about attractions near Badlands National Park.

What are some good attractions near Badlands National Park?

Here are some of the most recommended attractions near Badlands National Park.

Wall Drug Store
510 Main St Wall, SD

(605) 279-2175
WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort
1314 N Elk Vale Rd Pennington County, SD

(866) 928-4543
America's Founding Fathers Exhibit
9815 US-16 Pennington County, SD

(605) 877-6043
Reptile Gardens
8955 US-16 Pennington County, SD

(800) 335-0275
Rushmore Cave
13622 SD-40 Pennington County, SD

(605) 255-4384
Custer State Park
13329 U.S. 16A Custer County, SD

(605) 255-4515
Big Thunder Gold Mine
604 Blair St Pennington County, SD

(605) 666-4847
Legion Lake
Custer County, SD
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
13000 Highway 244 Keystone, SD

(605) 574-2515
Rankin Ridge Trail
Custer County, SD
Wind Cave National Park Visitor Center
26611 US-385 Custer County, SD

(605) 745-4600
Evans Plunge Mineral Springs
1145 N River St Fall River County, SD

(605) 745-5165
Mammoth Site
Fall River County, SD
Bear Butte State Park
N Highway 79 Meade County, SD

(605) 347-5240
Bear Butte
Meade County, SD


Here's what Trippy members had to say about attractions:

"You'll want to see the Corn Palace and Wall Drug Store plus the Badlands National Park."  See More

"On the way to Mount Rushmore, we liked America's Founding Fathers Exhibit and right next door is Reptile Gardens."  See More

"Hwy 87Needles Highway in Custer State Park town of Custer."  See More

"I don't know about "best" but when my daughter took her family to Mt Rushmore (she was coming from Yellowstone National Park) they visited Big Thunder Gold Mine, and then she visited the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument When my parents took me we were coming from the east and we went to Mt Rushmore by way of the Badlands National Park"  See More

"Lots of possibilities, so you'll have to filter based on your personal travel preferences: Crazy Horse - private, so more expensive, but well done Custer State Park - check the map of the buffalo first, otherwise you might miss them Badlands National Park - if you are active Laura Ingalls Wilder Homested Site Corn Palace Needles Eye Tunnel - hiking Legion Lake - canoeing Evans Plunge Mineral Springs - natural hot springs pool Mammoth Site - paleontological excavation site"  See More

"It is about a 13 hour drive from Chicago to Mount Rushmore National Memorial."  See More

"Rankin Ridge Trail is a shorter and less strenuous, but good hike."  See More

"We stopped in Moscow (Idaho) (to stay with friends) but then caught 90 in Coeur D'alene and went to Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park in Whitehall (Montana)- great campground and did the cavern tour, then Yellowstone National Park/Tetons, we waved at Mt Rushmore but spent our time at Custer Park, Needles Hwy, and Wind Cave National Park Visitor Center, then camped outside of Sioux Falls, then Milwaukee."  See More

"Bear Butte State Park is Sacred Space."  See More

"Go to Needles Highway Scenic Overlook, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse, Keystone (South Dakota), Badlands National Park, Mt Rushmore, Bear Butte, etc."  See More

Where can I find out more about Badlands National Park?

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