11 days in South Dakota & Devils Tower Itinerary

11 days in South Dakota & Devils Tower Itinerary

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11 days in South Dakota & Devils Tower Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mitchell
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
3
Chamberlain
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Badlands National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
5
Wall
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
6
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Devils Tower
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
9
Custer
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Atlanta

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 23rd (Sat), learn more about the world around you at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls trip itinerary tool .

Atlanta to Sioux Falls is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Sioux Falls is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Atlanta in May; daily highs in Sioux Falls reach 69°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mitchell journey planning site .

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Mitchell takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Mitchell, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 47°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Chamberlain.
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Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace

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night
Chamberlain

Chamberlain ©
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. You've now added Lewis And Clark Interpretive & Keelboat Center to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get answers to all your questions at Lewis And Clark Interpretive & Keelboat Center and then pause for some photo ops at Dignity.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chamberlain trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Mitchell to Chamberlain in 1.5 hours. May in Chamberlain sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.
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Dignity ©
Dignity

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hours
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Loop Road.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Badlands National Park tour planner.

Drive from Chamberlain to Badlands National Park in 2.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chamberlain to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Badlands National Park when traveling from Chamberlain in May, with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road

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hours
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. You've now added Wall Drug to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug and then explore and take pictures at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Wall trip planner .

Wall is just a stone's throw from Badlands National Park. In May in Wall, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Wall

Nature Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
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Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

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nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Your list of things to see and do now includes The Journey Museum & Learning Center, Berlin Wall Exhibit, City of Presidents Walking Tour, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): examine the collection at The Journey Museum & Learning Center, take in the local highlights with City of Presidents Walking Tour, see the interesting displays at America's Founding Fathers Exhibit, look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, then admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills, and finally make a trip to Berlin Wall Exhibit. On the next day, see the interesting displays at National Presidential Wax Museum and then wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Rapid City vacation planner.

Drive from Wall to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Wall in May: highs in Rapid City hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

National Presidential Wax Museum
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills

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 28th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Adams House, then take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Scott Jacobs Studio.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Deadwood trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Deadwood takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Adams House ©
Adams House
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Scott Jacobs Studio ©
Scott Jacobs Studio

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Devils Tower

Devils Tower ©
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): contemplate the geological forces at Devils Tower National Monument.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Devils Tower trip planner.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Devils Tower takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Deadwood to Devils Tower, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Nature Parks
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Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument

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nights
Custer

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 Custer State Park. And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Custer journey maker tool .

You can drive from Devils Tower to Custer in 2 hours. May in Custer sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 37°F at night. On the 2nd (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Custer

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

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