12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Sioux City
Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
De Smet
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Custer
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Deadwood
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
End: Sioux City

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De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. On the 20th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie and then get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to De Smet, use our trip itinerary maker.

Sioux City to De Smet is an approximately 3-hour car ride. In August in De Smet, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Custer.

Things to do in De Smet

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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4
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Prairie Berry Winery. Get outdoors at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Custer State Park. Go for a jaunt from Custer to Buffalo Gap to see Windcross Conservancy about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, cruise along Needles Highway, stroll through Presidential Trail, and explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Custer trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from De Smet to Custer takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from De Smet in August, things will get a bit cooler in Custer: highs are around 77°F and lows about 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Windcross Conservancy, Needles Highway, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

5
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Downtown Rapid City and Chapel in the Hills. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mount Moriah Cemetery and Adams House. Explore Deadwood's surroundings by going to Bridal Veil Falls (in Spearfish) and Rapid City (Museum of Geology, Bear Country USA, & more). There's much more to do: cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, take a stroll through Historic Old Town, make a trip to Mt Roosevelt Monument, and take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Deadwood trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Custer to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August in Deadwood, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Rapid City, Spearfish
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Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): make a trip to Wall Drug, cruise along Loop Road, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and finally take some stellar pictures from Yellow Mounds Overlook.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Wall trip planner .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Wall takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to Wall is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Deadwood in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Wall: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Wall

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): see the interesting displays at George and Eleanor McGovern Library, then admire the striking features of Corn Palace, then don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, and finally steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mitchell trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Wall to Mitchell takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Wall to Mitchell. When traveling from Wall in August, plan for slightly colder days in Mitchell, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mitchell

#Museums, #Historic Sites
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Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
George and Eleanor McGovern Library ©

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