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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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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

This is the primary attraction in Badlands. If you're visiting Badlands, you'll most definitely do this. There are various lookouts and small hikes which you will do on the way. Note: Try to catch the sunset from the Pinnacle point

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed the loop, although the highway part of the loop was a bit distant from the Badlands area. Once in the park, however, it was a different story. Many lookout areas to pull over and enjoy the scenery. Well done!

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Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
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110 reviews 110 reviews
41 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

So many opportunities to pull-off the road and absorb the scenery. Mrs. Dutch1638 was enraptured with the entire experience. We were very fortunate in that the road wasn't crowded (late September) so we could linger where we wanted.

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Marmarth, North Dakota, United States
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95 reviews 95 reviews
20 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

SO beautiful! Never seen anything like it. Lots of nice viewing turnouts. I bet it is gorgeous in the fall. It sure is in the summer!

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Louisville, Kentucky
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122 reviews 122 reviews
43 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

This was a great driving route. We saw as much of the Badlands from the loop as we wanted to. We were able to pull off and get great shots in several spots.

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Warrenville, IL
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134 reviews 134 reviews
74 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

We decided to have dinner at the Cedar Pass Lodge and then drive the loop road back towards the Pinnacle Entrance while the sun was starting to set. It was a pleasant drive with lots of wildlife in the early evening; the sun setting cast some nice colors over the rugged landscape. Since you can catch I-90 at each end... More

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Keller, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Take loop all the way including the dirt road. The dirt road is the only place you will see bison. They keep them separate via fence due to the cows. The lady at the info desk at Badlands was Unhelpful and lied. I asked the condition of the dirt road since there was rain in the area the day before.... More

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Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We actually connected with the loop by coming up from the southwest on a gravel road off of hiway 44 - none of our maps were clear. That said, still plenty of great scenery, and a good look at Roberts Parairie Dog Town, a couple of eagles, and a small herd of Big Horn Sheep before actually getting on to... More

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

limited by time we just drove the loop road. We saw a lot in a condensed amount of time. It took a bit more than an hour to complete depending on how many photo stops you make.

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Berea, Kentucky
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Breathtaking views, hard to believe never heard of this place and have traveled a lot. We stopped in Sioux Falls for the night on our way to Keystone and the desk clerk asked if we were going here. I asked what was there, she looked shocked. I said, I want to know if it is worth stopping, she said she... More

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