11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Rapid City
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Cincinnati

3
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial and SculptureWalk Sioux Falls. St. Joseph Cathedral and Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sioux Falls: Porter Sculpture Park (in Montrose) and Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie (in De Smet). There's much more to do: hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, walk around Falls Park, have some family-friendly fun at Escapades Escape Rooms, and explore the engaging exhibits at Stockyards Ag Experience.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls trip planner.

Cincinnati to Sioux Falls is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Cincinnati to Sioux Falls, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

De Smet, Porter Sculpture Park, Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village
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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls ©
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls

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 17th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, then look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook. Keep things going the next day: hike along Door Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then trek along Notch Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Bigfoot Pass Overlook.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

5
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Prairie Homestead and Chapel in the Hills. Visiting Black Hills and Wind Cave National Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Custer (Horseback Riding Tours, Custer State Park, & more), Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone) and Adams House (in Deadwood). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Harney Peak, explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, look for gifts at Christmas Village Store, and contemplate the long history of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rapid City journey app .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in June: highs in Rapid City hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Custer, Philip, South Dakota, Wind Cave National Park, Adams House
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Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Black Hills ©
Black Hills
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead

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