11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
1
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Houston

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Visiting Black Hills National Forest and Mount Rushmore National Memorial will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road, and Head underground at Jewel Cave National Monument.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Custer trip maker tool .

Houston to Custer is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Custer. In May, Custer is cooler than Houston - with highs of 59°F and lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 27th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Wild Bill Hickok, then admire the verdant scenery at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, and finally admire all the interesting features of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Adams House, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, stroll the grounds of Black Hill National Cemetery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, then appreciate the history behind Rodeo Cowboy T.C.Halloway Statue, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Deadwood road trip planner .

Getting from Custer to Deadwood by car takes about 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Deadwood are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Spearfish, Black Hill National Cemetery, Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
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Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. On the 29th (Wed), browse the different shops at Wall Drug, then cruise along Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Wall trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Deadwood to Wall in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Wall. Traveling from Deadwood in May, you will find days in Wall are a bit warmer (70°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Wall

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

3
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie and St. Joseph Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to The Blood Run Nature Area and Sioux Falls Bike Trails. Change things up with a short trip to Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial in De Smet (about 1h 40 min away). There's lots more to do: walk around Falls Park, steep yourself in history at Pettigrew Home & Museum, have fun and explore at Stockyards Ag Experience, and sample the tasty concoctions at WoodGrain Brewing Company.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sioux Falls driving holiday website .

Getting from Wall to Sioux Falls by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

De Smet
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St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls ©
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls

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