11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Omaha
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Chamberlain
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
End: Omaha

4
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse), Custer (Sylvan Lake, Needles Eye Tunnel, & more) and Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Breezy Point Picnic Area). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, look for gifts at Christmas Village Store, take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center, and admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City holiday planning site .

Omaha to Rapid City is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Omaha to Rapid City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Omaha in October, things will get slightly colder in Rapid City: highs are around 62°F and lows about 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Crazy Horse Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 26th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Mt Roosevelt Monument, steep yourself in history at Adams House, then take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, then take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and finally admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio, take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, examine the collection at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Deadwood road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Deadwood takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, daily temperatures in Deadwood can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Spearfish
Highlights from your plan
Tatanka: Story of the Bison ©
Tatanka: Story of the Bison
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

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 28th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Loop Road and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally browse the different shops at Wall Drug.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Badlands National Park online trip builder .

You can drive from Deadwood to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Deadwood to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Deadwood in October, you will find days in Badlands National Park are somewhat warmer (65°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Wall Drug
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

1
night
Chamberlain

Chamberlain ©
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): make a trip to South Dakota Hall of Fame, make a trip to Dignity, hunt for treasures at Old West Trading Post, then take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum, and finally head outdoors with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures.

For maps and other tourist information, go to the Chamberlain trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain takes 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in October, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Outdoors Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Old West Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
Akta Lakota Museum ©
Akta Lakota Museum
Dignity ©
Dignity
Old West Trading Post ©
Old West Trading Post

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): hike along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls, then pause for some photo ops at USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, and finally walk around Falls Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls journey planner .

Drive from Chamberlain to Sioux Falls in 2.5 hours. In October in Sioux Falls, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car 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

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