We left Minneapolis/St. Paul around 10 am and got to Badlands around 5:45 pm. South Dakota was very green, mostly flat with small rolling hills. But the scenery was mostly monotonous until we got to Badlands. It was incredible to drive up to this "Wall" of rock formation that seemed to rise up from nowhere.
Right before we arrived, we heard severe thunderstorm warning on the radio and we saw dark clouds rolling in. The lightnings started as we pulled up to our camp site at the Cedar Pass campground. The rain was full-on by the time we finished setting up the tent and the wind was quite strong. We went to have dinner at the Cedar Pass Lodge, hoping to wait out the worst of the storm, but three hours later, the storm was still raging. We ended up spending the night at the Budget Motel right outside the park.