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Loop Road

Badlands National Park, SD
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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoors
Activities: Driving
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Owner description: Main route through Badlands National Park.
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Tampa
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133 reviews 133 reviews
12 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

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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Ebensburg, PA
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254 reviews 254 reviews
123 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

This drive is replete with beautiful desolation and interpretation of flora, fauna and humanity. Don't missit.

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Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

The Badlands are spectacular and I could look at it for days. I went at sunrise and again at sunset and it was amazing. Lots of wildlife except no prairie dogs even in the prairie dog town. I guess I was in their town too early in the day! Enjoy this wonderful park and take your time breathing in this... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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88 reviews 88 reviews
43 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

After coming from numerous crowded parks on our trip, visiting the Badlands was great. It was very peaceful, just a handful of other people in the park on our visit so it seemed. The scenery is incredible, the loop road is great. So many things to see and the animals are great.

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uk
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277 reviews 277 reviews
149 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This drive round the loop road is outstanding from the rock formations to the prairie views and the prairie dog towns, and fossil walk, and visitors centre. Plenty of stopping areas for outstanding views and picture opportunities. If you are within driving distance do not miss it, better than the Grand Canyon !!! If you are going in the winter... More

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Montville, New Jersey
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276 reviews 276 reviews
224 attraction reviews
279 helpful votes 279 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Just 73 miles east of Rapid City, Badlands National Park first named by the Lakota "mako sica" land bad and later the French ""les mauvaises terres" the bad lands, is 244.000 acres of mixed grass lands, pinnacles, spires and sharply eroded buttes. I began the morning of my visit from the west and decided I'd take the State Highway 44... More

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Moline, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Took a trip through with my two young children. We stopped at every look out point we found and the trip definitely took longer than the "guesstimated" one hour. I would keep an open schedule if traveling the loop. However, the roads were well taken care of, easy to read and the views were amazing. The entire park was clean... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Seriously--pictures just can't do this place justice. Definitely a place you want to visit in person. Made a road trip to see the major attractions in SD including the Badlands, Black Hills, and Custer. I rank Custer just above it because we were able to see so many animals along with the cool landscape but the Badlands had amazing scenery... More

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Oshkosh, WI
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91 reviews 91 reviews
27 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I was unsure of what to expect when we started this driving loop, but I soon found out that it will be a drive EVERY time we come back to this part of SD. If you are anywhere within 100 miles of here you own it to yourself to make the trip to not only drive the loop, but to... More

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Kansas City, Kansas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
29 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

It's nature. How can it be anything but excellent? The road is very good with plenty of pullouts for those of us who see a new photograph at every bend in the road. Everything is labeled well, so one can follow his/her path on the park map. I also have to give kudos to the park ranger at the entrance... More

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