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Loop Road

Badlands National Park, SD
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Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Description: Main route through Badlands National Park.
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Victoria, Canada
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120 reviews 120 reviews
47 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

One could understand why this place would be called the Badlands. I tried to imagine early visitors to this strange land trying to make it through on horseback in the scorching sun with little shade protection or water, especially after viewing the vast grass plains, and then encountering this unforgiving stretch of land. Beautiful rock formations, so many different colours,... More

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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I have always drove by with out stopping. But never again. I couldn't believe how beautiful it was. There is plenty of bathrooms in the loop and plenty if viewing areas. The photos are over the top. So take a few extra mins and drive the loop. It's werth it.

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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The loop road is a brilliant way to see the Badlands. The view from your vehicle is great and there are regular lookouts and parking areas so you can stop, take in the views and explore on foot. There is a good chance of seeing wildlife. We saw bison and prairie dogs. The main loop road is a smooth drive... More

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Cooper City, Florida
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127 reviews 127 reviews
60 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The Loop Road takes you the short way right up to the top of the 60-mile long ridge, where you can see out across the Badlands. It's crazy beautiful, stunning -- you run out of superlatives. Take it easy, drive slow -- you won't want to miss anything. Words fail to describe the natural wonder. The visible striations and layers... More

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Batavia, New York
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I love the Badlands! It's absolutely gorgeous. This road takes you right through the rocks. The drive itself is absolutely beautiful, and there are also quite a few places to park so you can get out and walk around a little. The are a lot of trails through the rocks and also a few places where you can just climb... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We visited in early May and had the luck and pure delight of a warm dry sunny day with clear blue skies. We only meet a handful of people in the park as it was somewhat still off season. We did the drive twice, my husband drove one way and I drove back, that way we could both enjoy the... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

This drive provided us with wonderful views of Badlands National Park. After we did one hike in the afternoon heat, it was nice to drive and see so much more of the Badlands from the coolness of our air-conditioned car. And just when you think you've seen it all, you are treated to more amazing views! We really enjoyed this... More

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Dilltown, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

If you drive anywhere near Badlands NP, we highly recommend you drive through on the loop road. There are lots of great photo opportunities and no rope offs or barriers, so you are able to walk out as far as you dare for the best pictures. Would give this 6 stars if we could.

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New Rochelle, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Not really a loop-I think every national park is required to have a "loop road". One spectacular view followed by another. Lots of scenic overlooks, as well as many railheads located at roadside. Most overlooks and trailheads have (clean but primitive) rest room facilities and picnic areas.

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Chicago, Illinois
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71 reviews 71 reviews
18 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We were really glad we spent the time to take this loop in driving through the Badlands. We only got out to shoot a couple of photos, we didn't do any hiking because it was hot and it's all wide open. We wished we had stopped to let the kids climb some rocks (there are a couple of appropriate spots... More

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