11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Tulsa
Fly:  6​h
1
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Sioux Falls
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Tulsa

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Suzie Cappa Art Center. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Adams House. Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Mount Moriah Cemetery (in Deadwood), Bicycle Sculpture (in Pringle) and Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Custer State Park, & more). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, learn about all things military at Delta-09 Missile Silo, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, and do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

For where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip planner .

Tulsa to Rapid City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tulsa to Rapid City is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Tulsa in June, expect Rapid City to be slightly colder, temps between 78°F and 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Custer, Deadwood, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Delta-09 Missile Silo, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

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 25th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the striking landscape at White River Valley Overlook, explore and take pictures at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Badlands National Park vacation app .

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Badlands National Park sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

4
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Let the collections at Corn Palace and Stockyards Ag Experience capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie and De Smet Cemetery are in your itinerary. Step out of Sioux Falls with an excursion to Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial in De Smet--about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, engage your brain at Washington Pavilion, and walk around Falls Park.

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Getting from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. June in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

De Smet, Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, Corn Palace
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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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