12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Indianapolis
Fly + Drive:  7 h 15 min
1
Spearfish
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h
End: Indianapolis

2
nights
Spearfish

Spearfish ©
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, and finally appreciate the views at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area.

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

Indianapolis to Spearfish is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Indianapolis in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 58°F in Spearfish. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Spearfish

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Deadwood, Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Highlights from your plan
D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery ©
D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Deadwood Trailhead George S. Mickelson Trail ©

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wind Cave National Park and Horseback Riding Tours. Get in touch with nature at Black Elk Peak and Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Black Hills, don't miss a visit to Brule, appreciate the history behind Bicycle Sculpture, and explore the activities along Legion Lake.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Custer road trip tool.

You can drive from Spearfish to Custer in 1.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Spearfish to Custer due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Spearfish in July, Custer is slightly colder at night with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hill City, South Dakota, Wind Cave National Park, Bicycle Sculpture
Highlights from your plan
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Black Hills ©
Black Hills
Black Elk Peak ©
Black Elk Peak

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Notch Trail and Door Trail. Visiting Roberts Prairie Dog Town and Big Badlands Overlook will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: hike along Castle Trail, get great views at Pinnacles Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Bigfoot Pass Overlook, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fossil Exhibit Trail.

Start your trip to Badlands National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Custer to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Custer in July, expect Badlands National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 91°F and 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, then get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum, then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read De Smet online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Badlands National Park to De Smet by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to De Smet. When traveling from Badlands National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in De Smet: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie ©
Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Depot Museum ©
De Smet Depot Museum

2
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stroll through Sioux Falls Bike Trails, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, then make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica, and finally hike along SculptureWalk & The Arc of Dreams Sioux Falls. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Butterfly House & Aquarium, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Stockyards Ag Experience.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sioux Falls road trip planning site.

You can drive from De Smet to Sioux Falls in 2 hours. In July in Sioux Falls, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
SculptureWalk & The Arc of Dreams Sioux Falls ©
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial ©
USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial

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