10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota itinerary planner

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Fly
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Rapid City
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Mitchell
— 1 night
Bus to Sioux Falls, SD, Fly to Boise

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5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Keystone (Presidential Trail & Mount Rushmore National Memorial) and Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Sylvan Lake, &more). Pack the 11th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens, do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars, and don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City day trip website.

Boise to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Boise in July, expect nights in Rapid City to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are slightly colder, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Bear Country USA ©
Must see
Bear Country USA
4.4
Sylvan Lake ©
Water Body
Sylvan Lake
4.8

3
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.
Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, hike along Notch Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at White River Valley Overlook.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip planner.

Drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Rapid City in July, you will find days in Badlands National Park are somewhat warmer (91°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. On the 16th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Corn Palace, make a trip to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, and then contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mitchell tour planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Mitchell takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Mitchell. When traveling from Badlands National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Mitchell, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip
Corn Palace ©
Landmark
Corn Palace
3.3

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