11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Miami
Fly + taxi:  9​h 15​min
1
Custer
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Miami

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Custer State Park. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Wildlife Loop Road, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Custer driving holiday planner .

Miami to Custer is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of tram, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Miami to Custer due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Miami in May; daily highs in Custer reach 59°F and lows reach 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Crazy Horse Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, and then admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, and then wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Deadwood trip planner .

Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

Rapid City, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): browse the different shops at Wall Drug, then get great views at Pinnacles Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and finally explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

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Drive from Deadwood to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Deadwood, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): stroll through SculptureWalk Sioux Falls, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, and then stroll through Falls Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial and then pause for some photo ops at Porter Sculpture Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Sioux Falls can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Porter Sculpture Park
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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