10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Belleville
Drive:  12​h
1
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
De Smet
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
End: Belleville

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.
Get in touch with nature at Yellow Mounds Overlook and Door Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Big Badlands Overlook and Bigfoot Pass Overlook. Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's much more to do: trek along Notch Trail, cruise along Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook, and look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park road trip site .

Belleville to Badlands National Park is an approximately 14-hour car ride. You can also fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Belleville to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Belleville in June since evenings lows in Badlands National Park dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

2
nights
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 23rd (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and finally learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harney Peak.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Custer online vacation maker .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Custer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Badlands National Park in June; daily highs in Custer reach 73°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Harney Peak, Prairie Berry Winery, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Harney Peak ©
Harney Peak
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, examine the collection at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, get engrossed in the history at Adams House, then see the interesting displays at Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, then take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Scott Jacobs Studio.

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Drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood. In June, daytime highs in Deadwood are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Spearfish, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame
Highlights from your plan
Adams House ©
Adams House

1
day
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, then get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum, then contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the De Smet day trip planner.

You can drive from Deadwood to De Smet in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. While traveling from Deadwood, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in De Smet, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

2
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 27th (Thu), walk around Falls Park, then stroll through Sioux Falls Bike Trails, and then hike along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History.

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Traveling by car from De Smet to Sioux Falls takes 2 hours. June in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls ©
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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