8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Custer
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h
End: New York City

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 7th (Sat), stroll through Falls Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls trip planner .

New York City to Sioux Falls is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Sioux Falls. Traveling from New York City in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Sioux Falls, with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

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

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the De Smet trip planner.

Getting from Sioux Falls to De Smet by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in De Smet can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in De Smet

#Historic Sites
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2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): browse the different shops at Wall Drug, then stroll through Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and finally cruise along Loop Road.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park road trip planning website .

You can drive from De Smet to Badlands National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Wall Drug
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Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

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night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 11th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then explore the galleries of Adams House, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Deadwood journey builder tool .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Deadwood takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Deadwood, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

#Scenic Drive, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trip

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
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Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams House ©
Adams House

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, then explore and take pictures at Wildlife Loop Road, and then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, then trek along Presidential Trail, and finally pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Custer trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Deadwood to Custer by car takes about 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Custer. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Crazy Horse, Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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