12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Wall
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
2
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Custer
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Columbus

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug, then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and finally explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Wall journey maker site .

Columbus to Wall is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Columbus in September since evenings lows in Wall dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
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 23rd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel in the Hills, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, then admire all the interesting features of Big Thunder Gold Mine, and finally don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, then get engrossed in the history at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, and then explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rapid City trip planner.

You can drive from Wall to Rapid City in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Wall in September, expect nights in Rapid City to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Rapid City

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Big Thunder Gold Mine
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Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills
South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 25th (Wed), take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, then stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, and finally view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Deadwood itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Deadwood takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Rapid City to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Deadwood can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Scott Jacobs Studio ©
Scott Jacobs Studio

5
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 out of the city life by going to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Custer State Park. Take a break from Custer with a short trip to Presidential Trail in Keystone, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave National Monument.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Custer vacation website .

You can drive from Deadwood to Custer in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Deadwood to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. September in Custer sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Prairie Berry Winery
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

2
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 30th (Mon), trek along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls and then trek along Sioux Falls Bike Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, learn more about the world around you at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, and then get curious at Washington Pavilion.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls vacation planner.

Drive from Custer to Sioux Falls in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Sioux Falls due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Custer in September since evenings lows in Sioux Falls dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Pipestone National Monument
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Pipestone National Monument ©
Pipestone National Monument

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