Welcome to Badlands National Park


The north unit of the park is easily viewed on a half-day drive for those in a rush, though there are a number of short hiking trails that can get you right out into this earthen wonderland, including the surreal Door Trail near the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. The less-accessible south units are in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and see few visitors. Bisecting the two is Hwy 44, which makes a scenic alternative between the Badlands and Rapid City.


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Badlands Day Tour

After an 8:00am complimentary pick-up at your Rapid City accommodation, your small group tour (12 people max) will leave in the comfort of a Mercedes Sprinter van or luxury SUV. Enjoy a morning coffee and a one-hour drive out to the Badlands National Park. After an included lunch, your tour guide will walk you through the wonders of the park. You will learn about its history, the current wildlife that lives there, and discover amazing life and unimaginable animals that once called this land home. You will have time for stops, short walks, and photographs. Before leaving the park, you visit the Visitors Center and picnic ground to walk through their educational displays.  A 15 minute drive from the park brings you to the Minuteman Missile Visitors Center for a brief stop before you continue onto the National Historic Site (the actual missile site) and re-live America’s Cold War history. Another short drive leads you to Wall Drug to finish the day and find souvenirs and famous fresh donuts. You will be returned to your accommodation around 3:00pm.

$4874.25 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Best of the USA Tour–New York to New York

From hip hop to country fiddles, Yankee accents to a western drawl, businessmen in power suits and ranchers in cowboy hats – the US is one heck of a country. And if you’ve got the time, this – our ultimate American tour – is the best way to explore the iconic cities, the legendary national parks, national monuments, and wide-open spaces. Centrally located hostels in the cities and campsites in the wilderness keep you in the heart of the action no matter where you are.

$2511.75 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Coast to Coast Camping Westbound

Yellowstone, the Badlands, and Niagara Falls – once you’ve escaped the city limits, the US is a country defined by incredible wilderness. This affordable cross-country adventure keeps you on the ground between New York, Chicago, and San Francisco so you can experience what lies in between. Days feature magnificent sites like Yosemite and Old Faithful, while evenings offer experiences like cooking over a fire and camping in the great outdoors. Travel coast to coast and embrace the soul of this great land.

$1799.25 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Chicago to San Francisco Road Trip

Remember the country they sing about in "America the Beautiful"? The one with the spacious skies, gleaming alabaster cities, and majestic purple mountains? It’s still out there. Come see it with us. Ideal for wildlife enthusiasts and outdoorsy folk who want to see the country by day and revel downtown by night, this tour takes you across the Great West, from the City of Big Shoulders through Yellowstone and Yosemite and past herds of grazing bison to the City by the Bay. In a word: Perfect.

$5249.25 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Best of the USA Tour–San Fran to San Fran

Is it possible to capture the complex, diverse flavour of a country and its 300-million-strong people in a single trip? Short answer: Yup. This epic sojourn across America from sea to shining sea (and back again) is, quite possibly, the most ambitious road trip you’ll ever take. Wide-open spaces, iconic monuments, sprawling national parks, quirky local slang, regional delicacies and the incredible cities you’ve always wanted to visit. It’s all here. Welcome to the US of A, where the "A" stands for "Amazing."

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