30 days in South Dakota Itinerary

30 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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30 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Amsterdam
Fly:  18​h 45​min
Watertown
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Sioux Falls
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Badlands National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
Hot Springs
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Rapid City
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h
Amsterdam

5
days
Watertown

Watertown
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Watertown: De Smet (Ingalls Homestead & Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes), Aberdeen (Storybook Land & Wylie Park) and Brookings (McCrory Gardens, Children's Museum of South Dakota, & more). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Redlin Art Center, get a taste of the local shopping with Terry Redlin Museum, and meet the residents at Bramble Park Zoo.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Watertown itinerary builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Watertown is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Watertown

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Brookings, De Smet, Aberdeen
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Storybook Land
Storybook Land
Redlin Art Center
Redlin Art Center
Bramble Park Zoo ©
Bramble Park Zoo

5
days
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: Mitchell (Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle & Corn Palace). There's lots more to do: stroll through Falls Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral School, trek along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls, and make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Watertown to Sioux Falls in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Sioux Falls are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Mitchell
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Corn Palace
Corn Palace
St. Joseph Cathedral School ©
St. Joseph Cathedral School

6
days
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Badlands National Park side-trips: Murdo (Pioneer Auto Museum & South Dakota's Original 1880 Town) and Prairie Homestead (in Philip). There's still lots to do: cruise along Loop Road, browse the different shops at Wall Drug Store, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fossil Exhibit Trail, and trek along Door Trail.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Philip, Wall, Murdo
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Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Wall Drug Store
Wall Drug Store
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead

6
days
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hot Springs: Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Custer State Park, & more). There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, see the interesting displays at Pioneer Museum, cruise along Needles Highway, and take in the natural beauty of Evans Plunge Mineral Springs.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hot Springs trip builder.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Hot Springs in 2 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to Hot Springs is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Hot Springs can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Windcross Conservancy, Needles Highway
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Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

5
days
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Deadwood (Mount Moriah Cemetery & Adams Museum), Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Presidential Trail, & more) and Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, get a taste of the local shopping with Pawnseum, have some family-friendly fun at Cosmos Mystery Area, and wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip planner.

Drive from Hot Springs to Rapid City in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Hot Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rapid City, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Keystone, Deadwood, Crazy Horse Memorial, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA

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