12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  4​h
1
Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Rapid City
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Step out of the city life by going to SculptureWalk Sioux Falls and Sioux Falls Bike Trails. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Joseph Cathedral and Pettigrew Home & Museum. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Falls Park, meet the residents at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, explore the engaging exhibits at Stockyards Ag Experience, and make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sioux Falls day trip planning app .

Minneapolis to Sioux Falls is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Sioux Falls are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Trails
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Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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 25th (Tue): stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, then contemplate the long history of Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, and finally get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the De Smet online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to De Smet takes 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in De Smet

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

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.
Get outdoors at Loop Road and Badlands National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panorama Point Overlook, take some stellar pictures from Yellow Mounds Overlook, and stroll through Notch Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park vacation planner .

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. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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.
Get in touch with nature at Needles Eye Tunnel and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Get some historical perspective at Mount Moriah Cemetery and Chapel in the Hills. Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Spearfish Falls (in Savoy), Keystone (Breezy Point Picnic Area & Presidential Trail) and Custer (Custer State Park, Sylvan Lake, & more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, look for gifts at Alex Johnson Mercantile, do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars, and explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read our Rapid City trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Badlands National Park to Rapid City by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in June, you will find days in Rapid City are slightly colder (78°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Spearfish Falls, Mount Moriah Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA

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