Arrive in South Dakota
Land at Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP).
Wall, South Dakota
Mostly known as the home of the World's Largest Drug Store, Wall, SD, is bursting with hometown hospitality, classic road trip attractions, scenic views, home-cooked dining and endless opportunities for adventure. It's also the perfect jumping-off point to start exploring Badlands National Park.
Explore the Famous Wall Drug Store
Free ice water! Yes, they are very proud to offer as much free ice water as you can drink! Before this store came along, Wall was considered to be the geological center of nowhere. Now, it is a see-it-to-say-you-saw-it stop along the way. Make sure to grab one of their famous handmade, frosted cake donuts, and don't miss the giant jackalope in the backyard for some of those Insta-moments!
Hiking Badlands National Park
(0.75 mile, roundtrip) Easy. An accessible 1⁄4 mile boardwalk leads through a break in the Badlands Wall known as "the Door" and to a breathtaking view of the Badlands.
(0.25 mile, roundtrip) Easy. This short trail leads to a natural window in the Badlands Wall with a view of an intricately eroded canyon.
(1.5 miles, roundtrip) Moderate to strenuous. After meandering through a canyon, this trail climbs a log ladder and follows a ledge to "the Notch" for a dramatic view of the White River Valley.
(10 miles, roundtrip) Moderate. The longest trail in the park begins at the Door and the Window parking area and travels 5 miles one way to the Fossil Exhibit Trail.
Sunset Drive on Sage Creek, plus Astrophotography
Get an early jump on a drive through the park on Sage Creek Road to pick out a killer spot for sunset. The way the rocks bounce color while shadows and light play on formations is otherworldly. Some notable viewpoints are Sheep Mountain Table and Red Shirt Table Overlook.
Pro Tip: If the skies are clear, it is highly recommended to stick around after the night falls to test your skills at astrophotography.
Dining Options: Wall Drug Cafe | Red Rock | Cedar Pass Lodge
Lodging Options: Frontier Cabins