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
Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Keystone
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Custer
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Deadwood
— Few hours
Drive:  15​min
6
Lead
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
7
Spearfish
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
8
Mobridge
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Aberdeen
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 30​min
10
Pierre
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Garretson
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
12
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Yankton
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: Kansas City

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night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes South Dakota's Original 1880 Town as well as Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, contemplate the long history of South Dakota's Original 1880 Town, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip builder app .

Kansas City to Badlands National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Kansas City in May, things will get a bit cooler in Badlands National Park: highs are around 70°F and lows about 42°F. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

South Dakota's Original 1880 Town, Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

1
night
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Reptile Gardens, City of Presidents Walking Tour and Chapel in the Hills.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City journey planner .

Drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rapid City, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 45°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sun) before leaving for Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Tours Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

1
night
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rushmore Tramway Adventures as well as Hill City Visitor Information Center. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, get in on the family fun at Rushmore Tramway Adventures, trek along Presidential Trail, then get all the information you need at Hill City Visitor Information Center, and finally cruise along Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway.

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Keystone is just a short distance from Rapid City. In May, Keystone is little chillier than Rapid City - with highs of 59°F and lows of 37°F. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Custer.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

South Dakota, Crazy Horse Memorial, Hill City Visitor Information Center, Bear Country USA
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Harney Peak ©
Harney Peak
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail

1
night
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Custer State Park as well as Needles Highway. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park.

Start your trip to Custer by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Keystone to Custer by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 37°F. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

South Dakota, Black Hills Mining Museum, Black Hill National Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills ©
Black Hills
Black Hills Mining Museum ©
Black Hills Mining Museum

few
hours
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Historic Old Town as well as Mt Roosevelt Monument.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Deadwood trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Deadwood are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Lead.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery

1
night
Lead

Lead
Lead is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lead trip builder app .

Lead is just a stone's throw from Deadwood. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. On the 29th (Wed), you'll travel to Spearfish.

Things to do in Lead

Outdoors Museums Parks

1
day
Spearfish

Spearfish ©
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Your list of things to see and do now includes The Spearfish Visitor Information Center, Bridal Veil Falls, Devil Bathtub South Dakota, and other attractions. On the 29th (Wed), get outside with Devil Bathtub South Dakota, admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, get all the information you need at The Spearfish Visitor Information Center, immerse yourself in nature at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, then admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls, and finally cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Spearfish trip maker app .

Spearfish is just a stone's throw from Lead. In May in Spearfish, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mobridge.

Things to do in Spearfish

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, Spearfish Falls
Highlights from your plan
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Spearfish Falls ©
Spearfish Falls

1
night
Mobridge

Mobridge ©
Mobridge is a city in Walworth County, South Dakota, United States. You've now added Sitting Bulls Grave to your itinerary.

Planning Mobridge trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Spearfish to Mobridge takes 4 hours. Traveling from Spearfish in May, you will find days in Mobridge are somewhat warmer (70°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Aberdeen.
Highlights from your plan
Sitting Bulls Grave ©
Sitting Bulls Grave

1
day
Aberdeen

Aberdeen ©
Aberdeen is a city in and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, United States, about northeast of Pierre. On the 30th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Wylie Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Richmond Lake Recreation Area.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Aberdeen online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Mobridge to Aberdeen takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Aberdeen are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Pierre.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wylie Park ©
Wylie Park
Richmond Lake Recreation Area ©
Richmond Lake Recreation Area

1
day
Pierre

Pierre
Pierre is the capital of the state of South Dakota and the county seat of Hughes County. To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Pierre road trip site .

You can drive from Aberdeen to Pierre in 3 hours. In May in Pierre, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 44°F at night. You'll set off for Garretson on the 31st (Fri).

Things to do in Pierre

Museums Parks Nature

1
night
Garretson

Garretson ©
Garretson is a city in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, United States. Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): examine the collection at Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center, immerse yourself in nature at Palisades State Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Devil's Gulch.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Garretson trip planner .

Getting from Pierre to Garretson by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Garretson

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Palisades State Park ©
Palisades State Park
Devil's Gulch ©
Devil's Gulch

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes SculptureWalk Sioux Falls, USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial and Falls Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls trip itinerary app .

Sioux Falls is very close to Garretson. June in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F at night. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yankton.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls ©
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls
USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial ©

few
hours
Yankton

Yankton ©
Yankton is a city in, and the county seat of, Yankton County, South Dakota, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Meridian Highway Bridge.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yankton tour app .

Drive from Sioux Falls to Yankton in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Yankton are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yankton

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Meridian Highway Bridge ©
Meridian Highway Bridge

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