10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Cedar Rapids
Drive:  6​h 45​min
1
De Smet
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Chamberlain
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Spearfish
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Cedar Rapids

2
nights
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery, get a taste of the local shopping with Terry Redlin Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Redlin Art Center, and finally take an in-depth tour of Historic 1914 C&NW RR Depot Museum & Visitor Center.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the De Smet online travel planner .

Cedar Rapids to De Smet is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in August, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Watertown, Historic 1914 C&NW RR Depot Museum & Visitor Center, South Dakota Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

1
night
Chamberlain

Chamberlain ©
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. On the 1st (Tue), look for gifts at Old West Trading Post, then get engrossed in the history at Akta Lakota Museum, then get outside with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, and finally appreciate the history behind Dignity.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Chamberlain trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from De Smet to Chamberlain takes 2.5 hours. In August in Chamberlain, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Outdoors Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Old West Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
Akta Lakota Museum ©
Akta Lakota Museum
Old West Trading Post ©
Old West Trading Post
Dignity ©
Dignity

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, then get great views at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chamberlain to Badlands National Park in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Chamberlain to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chamberlain in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Badlands National Park, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, then take in the pleasant sights at Breezy Point Picnic Area, and finally explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, then view the masterpieces at Insideout, and finally admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Custer trip planning website .

Drive from Badlands National Park to Custer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in September: highs in Custer hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hill City, Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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. On the 5th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Scott Jacobs Studio, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Adams House, then take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, then get curious at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Spearfish Falls. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, and then try your luck at Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Deadwood trip planner .

You can drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Custer to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September in Deadwood, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Spearfish.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Spearfish Falls, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Adams House ©
Adams House

1
night
Spearfish

Spearfish ©
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, then admire all the interesting features of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and then get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Spearfish trip maker site .

Spearfish is just a stone's throw from Deadwood. In September, daytime highs in Spearfish are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Spearfish

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums
Highlights from your plan
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

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