12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip planner

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Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
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Wall
— 1 night
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Rapid City
— 1 night
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Deadwood
— 2 nights
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Custer
— 4 nights
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Sioux Falls

— 2 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Your day by day itinerary now includes Escape 605, Corn Palace and Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. On the 17th (Sat), learn more about the world around you at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, stop by Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop, make a trip to Corn Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Stockyards Ag Experience, then trek along SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Escape 605.

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Detroit to Sioux Falls is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Detroit to Sioux Falls, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Trails

Side Trip

Wall

— 1 night
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): stop by Wall Drug, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, and finally explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Wall sightseeing app.

Getting from Sioux Falls to Wall by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Wall when traveling from Sioux Falls in September, with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Wall

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Rapid City

— 1 night

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center, take in the exciting artwork at Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, and finally admire the striking features of Chapel in the Hills. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, look for gifts at Alex Johnson Mercantile, then do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars, then take an in-depth tour of South Dakota Air and Space Museum, and finally make a trip to Dinosaur Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Wall to Rapid City by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Wall in September, you will find days in Rapid City are little chillier (75°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

Deadwood

— 2 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Your day by day itinerary now includes Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates as well as Broken Boot Gold Mine. On the 21st (Wed), get curious at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, look for gifts at Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates, explore the galleries of Adams House, then get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, then appreciate the history behind Tatanka: Story of the Bison, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: go deep underground at Broken Boot Gold Mine, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, then take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and finally take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Deadwood trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Rapid City to Deadwood in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Deadwood can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer

— 4 nights
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 Jewel Cave National Monument as well as Custer County Candy Company. Change things up with a short trip to Mammoth Site of Hot Springs in Hot Springs (about 42 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, take in the exciting artwork at Insideout, take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, and explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel.

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You can drive from Deadwood to Custer in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 45°F. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.