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Loop Road

Address: Badlands National Park, SD
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Type: Scenic drives, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Driving
Owner description: Main route through Badlands National Park.
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Type: Scenic drives, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Driving
Owner description: Main route through Badlands National Park.
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Omaha, Nebraska
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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

If you love nature, this has to be on your bucket list. It is gorgeous and jaw dropping. Depending how many times you stop, it takes about an hour to drive through. You could spend the whole day there stopping and walking all the trails. We were kind of on a time crunch but enjoyed every minute driving through. We... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This is truly the road less traveled in the Badlands National Park. Although you get away from the rock formations that are the main attractions you get to witness the prairie life of South Dakota (bison, prairie dogs, and bighorn sheep). I highly recommend.

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Buckinghamshire, UK
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The drive through the Badlands gives you amazing and unreal views. The vastness and formation of the landscape looks like another world. As we visited in October there was hardly another car on the road which meant that we could take as much time as we wanted to view the scenery and added to the sense of wilderness. The down... More 

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Dublin, Ohio
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The Loop Road is the main attraction in the Badlands National Park and well worth the drive. There are 14 scenic overlooks on the Loop Road and several trailheads. Saw bighorn sheep, prairie dogs and fox!

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Snohomish, Washington
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82 reviews 82 reviews
40 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

If you are driving through South Dakota on Interstate 90, the Loop Road is definitely a worthwhile side trip! The road winds through much of the most impressive part of Badlands National Park, and there are all sorts of spectacular viewpoints and informative short strolls. Take a few hours to visit this incredible landscape.

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New York City, New York
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300 attraction reviews
440 helpful votes 440 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

"Maco Sica", "Land Bad" was the Lacota tribe's name for this area. And it truly is: bare, deserted, depressing, lonely, isolated, inhospitable, all of these and more. I went at 5:00 in the morning, with a bunch of photographers, to wait for the sunrise. Guess what: sun never came out, only the heartbreaking loneliness of the desert hills. Don't even... More 

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Foothill Ranch, California
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202 reviews 202 reviews
117 attraction reviews
341 helpful votes 341 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This two way paved road takes riders through the North section of the park. There are plenty of turn outs for exhibits or to check out the sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires. As you make your way around you will find yourself in prairies. Look for mounds within the prairie and most likely you will find lots of prairie... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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1,570 reviews 1,570 reviews
1,071 attraction reviews
1,555 helpful votes 1,555 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

"This is torture!", screams my femme, referring to the tortured landscape of the Badlands. Twisted ridges with eroded buttes and pinnacles, snake down to ravines that are hauntingly. beautiful. We arrive at sunrise to capture the pink glow and returned in the evening when the sun brings out the warm amber tones of the rock and shadows dramatise the cliffs... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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78 reviews 78 reviews
30 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This drive gives you a great overview of the entire park with plenty of options for stopping, photos, taking in the weird and wonderfulness of The Badlands

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Belgrade, Montana
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144 reviews 144 reviews
14 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

My girlfriend and I drove through just before sunset. Speculator views with the Sun going down! It was bitter cold so we only got out of the car long enough for photos. Saw Big Horn sheep! Right next to the road! Awesome. We saw numerous Mule Deer and even a Silver Fox! Don't miss drive!

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