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Address: Badlands National Park, SD
Activities: Driving
Description: Main route through Badlands National Park.

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Different than any other National Park

I was on my way to Mt. Rushmore on I-90 going west. If you have the time you should definitely take the Badlands loop road. It is so different than any other National Park I have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Gorgeous drive, really easy to follow and stop off at the different lookout points. Worth the time if your passing anywhere near the area. Leave at least 2 hours for the loop if your planning on stopping off in different points to snap some photos or take in the view. If you keep your eyes peeled, you might spot some... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I was on my way to Mt. Rushmore on I-90 going west. If you have the time you should definitely take the Badlands loop road. It is so different than any other National Park I have been to, but it was well worth my drive. I was in and out in a couple of hours. I brought a picnic lunch... More 

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Michigan
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76 reviews 76 reviews
23 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The Park Service does everything right on the loop road. They've already picked out all the best vistas for us. We were there in early April which almost caused us to miss the visitor center because they close early, 4pm. But I wouldn't change the timing, we had the park nearly to ourselves. We'd love to go back when we... More 

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Dryden, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

It was an awesome drive with spectacular views. It had just snowed in the park which added immensely to the charm. We stopped at every opportunity to drink in the beauty of this park. Looking at the pillars of stone was breathtaking, as were the many canyons and gulches. We thoroughly enjoyed the visitor centre with its many informative displays... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We did a quick drive thru the park and were taken aback with the incredible scenery.....made even more incredible when we spotted a herd of bighorn nearby. Amazing majestic creatures! On our way out another herd took a stroll across the road as we gaped in astonishment. What a wonderful memory this will be!

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Lima, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Very beautiful park. The scenes awe-inspiring and memorable. Badlands national park is a must if you are passing through South Dakota and/or in the Black Hills area.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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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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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
22 helpful votes 22 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
31 helpful votes 31 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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