12 days in Blue Earth & South Dakota Itinerary

12 days in Blue Earth & South Dakota Itinerary

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12 days in Blue Earth & South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Madison
Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Blue Earth
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Custer
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Keystone
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Interior
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Madison

1
night
Blue Earth

Blue Earth
Blue Earth is a city in Faribault County, Minnesota, at the confluence of the east and west branches of the Blue Earth River. On the 11th (Thu), examine the collection at Giant Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Blue Earth travel route builder website .

Madison to Blue Earth is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. July in Blue Earth sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Fri) before leaving for Wall.

Things to do in Blue Earth

Museums

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. You've added Conata Basin Overlook, Roberts Prairie Dog Town, Badlands Wall, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 12th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, hike along Castle Trail, take an in-depth tour of Wounded Knee: The Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Prairie Homestead.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Wall attractions website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Blue Earth to Wall. Traveling from Blue Earth to Wall, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Blue Earth in July: highs in Wall hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Philip
Highlights from your plan
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

1
night
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
To see traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Custer day trip planning site .

You can drive from Wall to Custer in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Wall in July, things will get a bit cooler in Custer: highs are around 80°F and lows about 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Custer

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Bicycle Sculpture
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Bicycle Sculpture ©
Bicycle Sculpture

1
night
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Keystone trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Custer to Keystone in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Keystone

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Things That Rock
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine
Things That Rock ©
Things That Rock

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 15th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, then explore the fascinating underground world of Black Hills Caverns, then explore the stunning scenery at Canyon Lake Park, and finally do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip maker app .

Rapid City is just a short distance from Keystone. Traveling from Keystone in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 62°F in Rapid City. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pactola Lake, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, Adams House
Highlights from your plan
Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills
Adams House ©
Adams House
Canyon Lake Park ©
Canyon Lake Park

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Sioux Empire Medical Museum and then do a tasting at Strawbale Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, look and learn at Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, then stroll around Arrowhead Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sioux Falls tour itinerary app .

You can drive from Rapid City to Sioux Falls in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to Sioux Falls. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Interior.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Strawbale Winery
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum ©
Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum
Strawbale Winery ©
Strawbale Winery

3
nights
Interior

Interior ©
Interior is a town in Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. You've now added Badlands National Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge, and then take a memorable drive along Sheep Mountain Table Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, then hike along Notch Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Prairie Homestead.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Interior driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Interior takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Sioux Falls, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Interior, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 60°F. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Interior

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Oglala Lakota College Historical Center, Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge, Prairie Homestead
Highlights from your plan
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

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