10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly + taxi:  4​h
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
De Smet
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Denver

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Explore hidden gems such as Wind Cave National Park and Harney Peak. Visiting Horseback Riding Tours and Roughlock Falls State Nature Area will get you outdoors. Explore Custer's surroundings by going to Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap), Adams House (in Deadwood) and Christmas Village Store (in Rapid City). There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Black Hills, appreciate the history behind Bicycle Sculpture, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Custer online holiday builder .

Denver to Custer is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Denver in September: high temperatures in Custer hover around 71°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

South Dakota, Prairie Berry Winery, Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Wind Cave National Park
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Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Horseback Riding Tours
Black Hills ©
Black Hills

4
nights
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Explore hidden gems such as Roberts Prairie Dog Town and Badlands National Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like South Dakota's Original 1880 Town and Prairie Homestead. There's much more to do: trek along Notch Trail, stroll through Door Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burns Basin Overlook.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Badlands National Park vacation builder website .

You can drive from Custer to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Custer in September, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Prairie Homestead, Badlands National Park, South Dakota's Original 1880 Town
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Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

few
hours
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. On the 3rd (Wed), take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum, don't miss a visit to Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, and then contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read De Smet journey site .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to De Smet takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October in De Smet, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in De Smet

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Falls Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, and then hike along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls day trip tool .

Getting from De Smet to Sioux Falls by car takes about 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Sioux Falls are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Falls Park ©
Falls Park
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls ©
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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