8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Tulsa
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
De Smet
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mitchell
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h
End: Tulsa

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mount Moriah Cemetery and Adams House. Take a break from the city and head to Bear Country USA and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. When in Rapid City, make a side trip to see Presidential Trail in Keystone, approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, admire the striking features of Chapel in the Hills, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip itinerary tool .

Tulsa to Rapid City is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tulsa to Rapid City is minus 1 hour. In October, Rapid City is slightly colder than Tulsa - with highs of 62°F and lows of 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Rapid City

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Keystone, Deadwood
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery

2
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. On the 9th (Tue), get a taste of life in the country at Windcross Conservancy, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, then take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road, and finally learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest and then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hot Springs route maker tool .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Hot Springs takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Rapid City in October, expect Hot Springs to be a bit cooler, temps between 57°F and 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Hot Springs

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Windcross Conservancy
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Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): browse the different shops at Wall Drug, take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and finally cruise along Loop Road.

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Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. When traveling from Hot Springs in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Wall Drug
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Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds 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 12th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum, then don't miss a visit to Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, and then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie.

Plan my day in De Smet using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to De Smet in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to De Smet due to the time zone difference. In October in De Smet, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Mitchell.

Things to do in De Smet

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

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at George and Eleanor McGovern Library, look for gifts at Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop, and then don't miss a visit to Corn Palace.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mitchell online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from De Smet to Mitchell takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mitchell

#Museums, #Shopping
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Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
George and Eleanor McGovern Library ©
Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop ©
Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop

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