12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Indianapolis
+2
Bus + Fly + Drive:  7 h 15 min
1
Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Rapid City
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Indianapolis

3
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux Falls: Mitchell (Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop, Corn Palace, &more) and Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie (in De Smet). There's much more to do: walk around Falls Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, hike along SculptureWalk & The Arc of Dreams Sioux Falls, and explore the engaging exhibits at Stockyards Ag Experience.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sioux Falls trip planner.

Indianapolis to Sioux Falls is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and car. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Sioux Falls is minus 1 hour. July in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Mitchell, Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie ©

3
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.
Step out of Badlands National Park with an excursion to Badlands National Park in Interior--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, explore the striking landscape of White River Valley Overlook, and take some stellar pictures from Yellow Mounds Overlook.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Sioux Falls in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 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

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Iron Mountain Road, &more), Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone) and Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, look for gifts at Christmas Village Store, visit Downtown Rapid City, and do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip 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. When traveling from Badlands National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in Rapid City, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Black Elk Peak, Crazy Horse Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City

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