11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the engaging exhibits at Stockyards Ag Experience and then stroll through Falls Park. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, then hike along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls, and finally don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica.

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Chicago to Sioux Falls is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Chicago in June, plan for little chillier nights in Sioux Falls, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. On the 22nd (Sat), steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, then admire the landmark architecture of Corn Palace, then make a trip to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, and finally learn about all things military at George and Eleanor McGovern Library.

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Getting from Sioux Falls to Mitchell by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Mitchell are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites Museums
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Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle

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 23rd (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally cruise along Loop Road. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Badlands National Park trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Mitchell to Badlands National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Mitchell to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mitchell in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Badlands National Park, with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 25th (Tue), appreciate the history behind Mt Roosevelt Monument, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, admire all the interesting features of Broken Boot Gold Mine, get engrossed in the history at Adams House, then stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, and finally view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then pause for some photo ops at Center of the Nation Monument, and finally get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Deadwood trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Deadwood takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Badlands National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in Deadwood, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Spearfish, Center of the Nation Monument
Highlights from your plan
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

4
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Keystone (Big Thunder Gold Mine, Goodtyme Photo, & more) and Insideout (in Hill City). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, and take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Custer trip website .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Custer takes 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. June in Custer sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Keystone, South Dakota, Crazy Horse Memorial, Insideout
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

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