11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Newark

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Get out of town with these interesting Custer side-trips: Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs) and Big Thunder Gold Mine (in Keystone). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Custer trip planner .

Newark to Custer is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Newark in July; daily highs in Custer reach 80°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Hill City, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Harney Peak, Crazy Horse Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): have fun at Cosmos Mystery Area, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens, then identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, and finally appreciate the history behind Mt Roosevelt Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Storybook Island, then take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, then don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Park, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Deadwood itinerary planner .

You can drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Deadwood is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Theme Parks

Side Trip

Rapid City
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): browse the different shops at Wall Drug, take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and finally take a memorable drive along Loop Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Deadwood to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Deadwood in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Wall Drug, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
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Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, admire the landmark architecture of Corn Palace, stop by Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop, then brush up on your military savvy at George and Eleanor McGovern Library, and finally get engrossed in the history at Dakota Discovery Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mitchell trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Mitchell in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Badlands National Park in August, expect nights in Mitchell to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are slightly colder, around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Mitchell

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle

2
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Falls Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Butterfly House & Aquarium, and finally get your game on at Sky Zone Trampoline Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at SculptureWalk Sioux Falls and then hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mitchell to Sioux Falls takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Sioux Falls can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

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

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