10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Fly:  7​h
1
Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Watertown
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Orlando

2
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 7th (Tue), make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica. On the next day, have some family-friendly fun at Escapades Escape Rooms, examine the collection at Sioux Empire Medical Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, and finally walk around Falls Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls trip itinerary site .

Orlando to Sioux Falls is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Orlando to Sioux Falls is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Orlando in January, things will get much colder in Sioux Falls: highs are around 27°F and lows about 8°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Watertown.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Corn Palace, Lake Vermillion Recreation Area, Porter Sculpture Park
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Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Escapades Escape Rooms ©
Escapades Escape Rooms
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

1
night
Watertown

Watertown ©
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Terry Redlin Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Redlin Art Center, then take an in-depth tour of Codington County Historical Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Mellette House, and finally appreciate the history behind Watertown Veterans Memorial.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Watertown travel planner.

Drive from Sioux Falls to Watertown in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°F in January, and nighttime lows around 4°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Watertown

Museums Shopping
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Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Codington County Historical Museum ©
Watertown Veterans Memorial ©
Watertown Veterans Memorial

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 11th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, then look for gifts at Wall Drug, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Armed Forces Display & Gifts, then take some stellar pictures from Pinnacles Overlook, and then explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Watertown to Badlands National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Watertown to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. In January, Badlands National Park is somewhat warmer than Watertown - with highs of 34°F and lows of 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Armed Forces Display & Gifts, Wall Drug, Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

4
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Custer (Sylvan Lake, Needles Eye Tunnel, & more), Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Breezy Point Picnic Area) and Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, and take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Rapid City trip planner .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rapid City, with lows around 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Scenic Drive Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Moriah Cemetery
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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