11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip itinerary planner

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Rapid City
— 4 nights
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Interior
— 2 nights
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Chamberlain
— 1 night
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Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
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Rapid City

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Iron Mountain Road, &more), Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse) and Keystone (Breezy Point Picnic Area, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, &more). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, brush up on your military savvy at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens, and get your game on at Cosmos Mystery Area.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rapid City trip planner.

Los Angeles to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Rapid City is 1 hour. In October, Rapid City is colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 62°F and lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Interior.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Interior

— 2 nights
Interior is a town in Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. On the 10th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, browse the different shops at Wall Drug, then cruise along Loop Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and then explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Interior day trip website.

Getting from Rapid City to Interior by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Interior

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Chamberlain

— 1 night
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of South Dakota Hall of Fame, then appreciate the history behind Dignity, then get outside with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, and finally take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chamberlain itinerary planner.

You can drive from Interior to Chamberlain in 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Interior to Chamberlain. In October, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Outdoors · Museums

Sioux Falls

— 3 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Explore Sioux Falls' surroundings by going to Mitchell (George and Eleanor McGovern Library, Corn Palace, &more). There's lots more to do: walk around Falls Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica, and trek along SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sioux Falls tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chamberlain to Sioux Falls takes 2.5 hours. October in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Trails · Museums · Outdoors

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.