9 days in Sioux Falls & Chicago Itinerary

9 days in Sioux Falls & Chicago Itinerary

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9 days in Sioux Falls & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Sioux Falls
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Des Moines

4
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. You've now added Catfish Bay Water Ski Park - Greatest Show on H2O to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Corn Palace and SculptureWalk Sioux Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Sioux Falls side-trips: Porter Sculpture Park (in Montrose), Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village (in Mitchell) and De Smet (Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial & Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Pipestone National Monument, stroll through Falls Park, meet the residents at Butterfly House & Aquarium, and take in the dramatic scenery at Winnewissa Falls.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sioux Falls online route planner .

Des Moines to Sioux Falls is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Des Moines in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sioux Falls, with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Pipestone, Mitchell, De Smet, Porter Sculpture Park
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Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Step off the beaten path and head to Starved Rock State Park and Anderson Japanese Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: Saint Joseph (St. Joseph Lighthouses & Silver Beach County Park). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate.

For more things to do and tourist information, use the Chicago road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Sioux Falls to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sioux Falls in August since evenings lows in Chicago dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trips

Saint Joseph, Anderson Japanese Gardens, Starved Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park

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