10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota tour planner

©
Plan created by another user. Make it yours
Fly
1
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive
5
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Fly

S M T W T F S
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27

3
nights
Custer

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Iron Mountain Road. Explore Custer's surroundings by going to Keystone (Presidential Trail & Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium). There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail, and cruise along Needles Highway.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Custer route planner.

Chicago to Custer is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Custer due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Chicago in June; daily highs in Custer reach 73°F and lows reach 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 21st (Sun), stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Adams House, and then take a peaceful walk through Roughlock Falls State Nature Area. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, and then cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Deadwood planning site.

Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Deadwood is 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Deadwood can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Historic Old Town
Historic Walking Area
Historic Old Town
3.3
Adams House ©
Historic Site
Adams House
4.6

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): get great views at Pinnacles Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, and finally hike along Castle Trail. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park road trip planning tool.

Drive from Deadwood to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Deadwood in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Loop Road ©
Must see
Loop Road
4.9
Badlands Wall ©
Geologic Formation
Badlands Wall
4.9

1
night
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 25th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the De Smet travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Badlands National Park to De Smet by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to De Smet is 1 hour. June in De Smet sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Pettigrew Home & Museum, and then walk around Falls Park.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sioux Falls tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from De Smet to Sioux Falls in 2 hours. June in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Historic Sites · Parks
Highlights from your trip
Falls Park ©
Must see
Falls Park
4.7
Pettigrew Home & Museum ©
Historic Site
Pettigrew Home & Museum
4.6

Similar trips

8 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: July, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 11 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 14 days in South Dakota, Yellowstone National Park & Grand Canyon National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, popular & hidden gems Preferences: August, teens, kids Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 12 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, relaxing, hidden gems Preferences: July, outdoors, relaxing Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 8 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: August, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 14 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: August, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 14 days in South Dakota & Wyoming BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, teens Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 13 days in Sandusky, Madison & South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 14 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 13 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 11 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more trips