12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Rapid City
— 6 nights

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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 (Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle & Corn Palace) and Dimock Dairy (in Dimock). There's lots more to do: walk around Falls Park, hike along SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument, stroll through Sioux Falls Bike Trails, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sioux Falls vacation app.

Lexington to Sioux Falls is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lexington to Sioux Falls, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lexington in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 58°F in Sioux Falls. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

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Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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.
Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, trek along Door Trail, stroll through Notch Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park attractions site.

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. Traveling from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Badlands National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

6
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Rapid City

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Keystone (Black Hills Helicopters, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, &more), Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Sylvan Lake, &more) and Insideout (in Hill City). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery, appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, and get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City day trip planner.

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 June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

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