12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Custer
— 3 nights
2
Rapid City
— 4 nights
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
4
Sioux Falls
— 3 nights

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Crazy Horse Memorial as well as Custer State Park. On the 2nd (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, thenexplore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, cruise along Iron Mountain Road, and then take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Custer online vacation builder.

Prairie du Chien to Custer is an approximately 11-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Prairie du Chien to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Prairie du Chien in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of °F in Custer. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Needles Highway, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

4
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
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 Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone) and Custer (Iron Mountain Road & Wildlife Loop Road). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, shop like a local with Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries, learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, and take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rapid City travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Custer to Rapid City in an hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Custer in August; daily highs in Rapid City reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Sun), stroll through Yellow Mounds Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Burns Basin Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook, explore the striking landscape at White River Valley Overlook, thenexplore and take pictures at Loop Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park day trip app.

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Badlands National Park sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook

3
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Falls Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): walk around Falls Park. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Pipestone National Monument.

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Getting from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in August: highs in Sioux Falls hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. On the 12th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pipestone National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Pipestone National Monument ©
Pipestone National Monument

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