29 days in South Dakota Itinerary

29 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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29 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Bristol
+2
train + Fly + taxi:  15​h 15​min
Custer
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
Sioux Falls
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Badlands National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Deadwood
— 9 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + train:  14​h 15​min
End: Bristol

7
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Custer: Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs), South Dakota State Railroad Museum (in Hill City) and Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap). Pack the 31st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, cruise along Wildlife Loop Road, and take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Custer itinerary planner.

Bristol, UK to Custer is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Bristol to Custer. July in Custer sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Custer

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Hill City, South Dakota, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

5
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux Falls: Porter Sculpture Park (in Montrose), Mitchell (Corn Palace & Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village) and De Smet (Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie & Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial). The adventure continues: stroll through Falls Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum, sample the tasty concoctions at WoodGrain Brewing Company, and don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sioux Falls holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Custer to Sioux Falls takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Custer in August since evenings lows in Sioux Falls dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trips

Mitchell, De Smet, Buffalo Ridge Ghost Town, Porter Sculpture Park
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Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace

5
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Prairie Homestead in Philip (about 38 minutes away). Spend the 9th (Fri) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's much more to do: cruise along Loop Road, hike along Notch Trail, stroll through Fossil Exhibit Trail, and get engrossed in the history at Wounded Knee: The Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park route maker site .

You can drive from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sioux Falls in August: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Wall, Philip, Badlands National Park
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Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

9
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Deadwood: Rapid City (South Dakota Air and Space Museum, Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, & more) and Iron Horse Saloon (in Sturgis). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, try your luck at Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort, and explore and take pictures at Broken Boot Gold Mine.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Deadwood online itinerary maker .

Drive from Badlands National Park to Deadwood in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in August: highs in Deadwood hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Deadwood

#Fun & Games, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Rapid City, Spearfish, Iron Horse Saloon
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery

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