12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Dayton
taxi + Fly:  6​h
1
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Hot Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Rapid City
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h
End: Dayton

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, and then explore the activities along Arrowhead Park. On the next day, hike along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls, then explore the engaging exhibits at Stockyards Ag Experience, and then see a show at Washington Pavilion.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls online tour builder .

Dayton to Sioux Falls is an approximately 6-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In June in Sioux Falls, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum, then steep yourself in history at Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the De Smet road trip site .

You can drive from Sioux Falls to De Smet in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in De Smet are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

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Historic Sites Museums
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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and then identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

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You can drive from De Smet to Badlands National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference when traveling from De Smet to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

1
night
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. On the 10th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Angostura Recreation Area, then don't miss a visit to Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Evans Plunge Mineral Springs.

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Drive from Badlands National Park to Hot Springs in 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Badlands National Park in June; daily highs in Hot Springs reach 73°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Evans Plunge Mineral Springs ©
Evans Plunge Mineral Springs

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.
Attractions like Bear Country USA and Reptile Gardens make great kid-friendly stops. Let the collections at South Dakota Air and Space Museum and Suzie Cappa Art Center capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Sylvan Lake, & more), Keystone (Breezy Point Picnic Area & Mount Rushmore National Memorial) and D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery (in Spearfish). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park, learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars, and get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum.

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Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Rapid City takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Hot Springs in June, Rapid City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Deadwood, D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

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