10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Keystone
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: New Orleans

2
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Bicycle Sculpture, then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and finally admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hot Springs online trip builder .

New Orleans to Hot Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from New Orleans in May: highs in Hot Springs hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Elk Mountain Nature Trail, Bicycle Sculpture
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Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Wed), buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug, then get engrossed in the history at Delta-09 Missile Silo, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and finally cruise along Loop Road.

Plan my day in Badlands National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hot Springs in May: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Wall
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Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Delta-09 Missile Silo ©
Delta-09 Missile Silo

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Keystone (Presidential Trail & Mount Rushmore National Memorial). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens, take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, explore and take pictures at Big Thunder Gold Mine, and get in on the family fun at Storybook Island.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City planner .

Getting from Badlands National Park to Rapid City by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in May, expect nights in Rapid City to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are little chillier, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Keystone
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Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA

3
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
On the 1st (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Goodtyme Photo, see the interesting displays at National Presidential Wax Museum, then do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Black Hills National Forest.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Keystone online trip itinerary maker .

Keystone is very close to Rapid City. In June, Keystone is a bit cooler than Rapid City - with highs of 73°F and lows of 48°F. On the 4th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Keystone

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Prairie Berry Winery, Crazy Horse Memorial, Black Hills National Forest
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Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial
Rushmore Tramway Adventures ©
Rushmore Tramway Adventures
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

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