10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
End: Kansas City

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and The Museum @ Black Hills Institute. Escape the urban bustle at Black Hills National Forest and Needles Eye Tunnel. Step out of Custer with an excursion to Presidential Trail in Keystone--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Custer day trip planning website .

Kansas City to Custer is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Kansas City in May, you will find days in Custer are slightly colder (59°F), and nights are much colder (37°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, The Museum @ Black Hills Institute
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, take an in-depth tour of Adams House, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, then admire the verdant scenery at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Spearfish Falls.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Deadwood holiday maker site .

Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood. In May, daily temperatures in Deadwood can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Spearfish, Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, Spearfish Falls
Highlights from your plan
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

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.
On the 30th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at White River Valley Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panorama Point Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally explore and take pictures at Loop Road. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Badlands National Park holiday app .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Deadwood in May, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mitchell.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, admire the striking features of Corn Palace, then take an in-depth tour of Dakota Discovery Museum, and finally brush up on your military savvy at George and Eleanor McGovern Library.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mitchell trip planner .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Mitchell in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. May in Mitchell sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dakota Discovery Museum ©
Dakota Discovery Museum
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery and then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the De Smet driving holiday planning website .

You can drive from Mitchell to De Smet in 1.5 hours. In June in De Smet, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

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