11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Fly to Rapid City Regional Airport, Drive to Custer
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Custer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamberlain
— 1 night
Drive
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Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
Drive

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Custer — 3 nights

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Custer: The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs) and Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Custer trip itinerary planner.

Kalamazoo to Custer is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kalamazoo to Custer due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kalamazoo in May, with highs in Custer at 59°F and lows at 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Badlands National Park — 3 nights

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.
Step out of Badlands National Park with an excursion to Hurley Butte Horseback Riding in Interior--about 40 minutes away. Spend the 29th (Sun) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's still lots to do: cruise along Loop Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, explore the striking landscape of White River Valley Overlook, and take some stellar pictures from Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park holiday maker website.

Traveling by car from Custer to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Custer in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chamberlain.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trip

Chamberlain — 1 night

Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. On the 31st (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum, stop by Old West Trading Post, and then appreciate the history behind Dignity.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Chamberlain itinerary maker site.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in Chamberlain sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Sioux Falls.
Shopping · Museums
Side Trip

Sioux Falls — 3 nights

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral and then walk around Falls Park. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Sioux Falls Bike Trails and then make a trip to Corn Palace.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Sioux Falls trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Chamberlain to Sioux Falls takes 2.5 hours. In May in Sioux Falls, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 46°F at night. You will leave for home on the 3rd (Fri).
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trip

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.