10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Drive
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Mitchell
— 3 nights
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Fly

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3
nights
Mitchell

Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. On the 10th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop, don't miss a visit to Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, then contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mitchell trip itinerary maker tool.

Des Moines to Mitchell is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Des Moines in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mitchell, with lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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2
nights
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.
You've now added Badlands Petrified Gardens to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): examine the collection at Badlands Petrified Gardens, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally cruise along Loop Road. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Mitchell to Badlands National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Museums

Side Trips

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Loop Road ©
Must see
Loop Road
4.9
Badlands National Park ©
National Park
Badlands National Park
4.9
Badlands Wall ©
Geologic Formation
Badlands Wall
4.9

4
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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.
Attractions like Bear Country USA and Reptile Gardens make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Keystone (Presidential Trail & Mount Rushmore National Memorial) and Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Needles Eye Tunnel, &more). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, get in on the family fun at Storybook Island, make a trip to Dinosaur Park, and view the masterpieces at Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rapid City trip tool.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Rapid City are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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Bear Country USA ©
Must see
Bear Country USA
4.4
Sylvan Lake ©
Water Body
Sylvan Lake
4.8

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