10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip planner

©
Plan created by another user. Make it yours
Fly
1
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive
3
Chamberlain
— 1 night
Drive
4
Watertown
— 1 night
Drive
5
Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27

4
nights
Rapid City

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Popular historic sites such as Historic Old Town and Adams House are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Suzie Cappa Art Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Presidential Trail (in Keystone), Custer (Iron Mountain Road & Sylvan Lake) and Deadwood (Scott Jacobs Studio, Mount Moriah Cemetery, &more). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, admire all the interesting features of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, visit Downtown Rapid City, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wind Cave National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rapid City road trip planning site.

Springfield to Rapid City is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

1
night
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 17th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Sage Creek Wilderness Area, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Badlands National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Rapid City to Badlands National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Rapid City in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 22°F in Badlands National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

1
night
Chamberlain

Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of South Dakota Hall of Fame, don't miss a visit to Dignity, head outdoors with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, then take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Old West Trading Post.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chamberlain trip planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain is 1 hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Watertown.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

1
night
Watertown

Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. On the 19th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Codington County Historical Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Redlin Art Center, then view the masterpieces at Terry Redlin Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mellette House.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Watertown online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Chamberlain to Watertown takes 3.5 hours. In March, Watertown is little chillier than Chamberlain - with highs of 39°F and lows of 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Watertown

Museums · Shopping

2
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 20th (Sat), get curious at Washington Pavilion, then do a tasting at Strawbale Winery, and then test your problem-solving skills at Escape 605. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral and then stroll around Falls Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Sioux Falls tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Watertown to Sioux Falls takes 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Childrens Museums · Nightlife · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.