10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: Columbus

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 15th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: get your bearings at Peter Norbeck Visitors Center, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Custer itinerary builder app .

Columbus to Custer is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Columbus to Custer due to the time zone difference. In April, Custer is little chillier than Columbus - with highs of 50°F and lows of 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hill City, Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery ©
Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery
Peter Norbeck Visitors Center ©
Peter Norbeck Visitors Center

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 18th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, then contemplate the long history of Adams House, and finally stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Deadwood day trip tool .

Getting from Custer to Deadwood by car takes about 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood. In April, daytime highs in Deadwood are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams House ©
Adams House
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

2
nights
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 Ellsworth Air Force Base as well as Pawnseum. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Ellsworth Air Force Base, get engrossed in the history at Pawnseum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Chapel in the Hills, then meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, and then learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip planner .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In April, daytime highs in Rapid City are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Ellsworth Air Force Base
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Ellsworth Air Force Base ©
Ellsworth Air Force Base

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Big Badlands Overlook. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, then get to know the fascinating history of Sage Creek Wilderness Area, then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park road trip planning app .

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Badlands National Park are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive 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
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
White River Valley Overlook ©
White River Valley Overlook

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at George and Eleanor McGovern Library, steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, and then admire the striking features of Corn Palace.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mitchell trip planner.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Mitchell in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Mitchell due to the time zone difference. April in Mitchell sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
George and Eleanor McGovern Library ©
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, and then make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls trip planning tool .

Drive from Mitchell to Sioux Falls in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Sioux Falls, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Museums Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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