10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Start: Phoenix
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h
1
Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Interior
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h
End: Phoenix

3
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Sioux Falls: Mitchell (Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, Corn Palace, &more). There's still lots to do: walk around Falls Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Butterfly House & Aquarium, trek along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, and take an in-depth tour of Stockyards Ag Experience.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls trip builder tool.

Phoenix to Sioux Falls is an approximately 6- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in July; daily highs in Sioux Falls reach 83°F and lows reach 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Interior.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Mitchell
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Escapades Escape Rooms ©
Escapades Escape Rooms

2
nights
Interior

Interior ©
Interior is a town in Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): cruise along Loop Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug, and finally explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook. On your second day here, get great views at Pinnacles Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Interior trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Interior takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Sioux Falls in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Interior: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Interior

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Wall Drug
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
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 (Iron Mountain Road, Wildlife Loop Road, &more), Keystone (Breezy Point Picnic Area & Mount Rushmore National Memorial) and Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, trek along Elk Mountain Nature Trail, visit Downtown Rapid City, and have some family-friendly fun at Cosmos Mystery Area.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City trip website.

Traveling by car from Interior to Rapid City takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Interior in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Elk Mountain Nature Trail, Black Elk Peak, Crazy Horse Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

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