11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Fly
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Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Rapid City
— 5 nights
Fly

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2
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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 24th (Fri), stroll through SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument, have fun and explore at Stockyards Ag Experience, then stroll around Falls Park, and finally trek along Sioux Falls Bike Trails. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, observe the fascinating underwater world at Butterfly House & Aquarium, and then get outside with Lake Vermillion Recreation Area.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls vacation planner.

San Francisco to Sioux Falls is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Sioux Falls is 2 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sioux Falls, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Falls Park ©
Park
Falls Park
4.7

3
nights
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.
Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's still lots to do: cruise along Loop Road, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panorama Point Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, and trek along Notch Trail.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Sioux Falls, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Loop Road ©
Must see
Loop Road
4.9
Badlands National Park ©
National Park
Badlands National Park
4.9
Badlands Wall ©
Geologic Formation
Badlands Wall
4.9

5
nights
Rapid City

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 Rapid City's surroundings by going to The Farmer's Daughter (in Hill City), Keystone (Presidential Trail & Mount Rushmore National Memorial) and Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Sylvan Lake, &more). Pack the 30th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine, wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, and view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rapid City driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in July, you will find days in Rapid City are a bit cooler (85°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Bear Country USA ©
Must see
Bear Country USA
4.4
Sylvan Lake ©
Water Body
Sylvan Lake
4.8

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