13 days in South Dakota Itinerary

13 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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13 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
1
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Custer
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Salt Lake City

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yellow Mounds Overlook and Notch Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Door Trail and Loop Road. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, stroll through Castle Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Homestead Overlook, and explore the striking landscape of Conata Basin Overlook.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Salt Lake City to Badlands National Park is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Salt Lake City in June, with highs in Badlands National Park at 83°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

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

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 5th (Wed), appreciate the history behind USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, and then get curious at Washington Pavilion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): trek along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, take an in-depth tour of Old Courthouse Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, and finally do a tasting at Strawbale Winery.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sioux Falls visit planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. June in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Strawbale Winery
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Old Courthouse Museum ©
Old Courthouse Museum

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): stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery, contemplate the long history of 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.

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

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to De Smet takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Deadwood.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

2
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 Days of '76 Museum and Black Hills Mining Museum. Let the collections at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center and Termesphere Gallery capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Bridal Veil Falls (in Spearfish) and Roughlock Falls Nature Area (in Savoy). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio, and take in the dramatic scenery at Spearfish Falls.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Deadwood day trip planner .

Traveling by car from De Smet to Deadwood takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from De Smet in June: highs in Deadwood hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lead, Spearfish, Savoy, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame
Highlights from your plan
Adams House ©
Adams House
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area

4
nights
Custer

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail and The Museum @ Black Hills Institute. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Native American Educational and Cultural Center and Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Custer to Hot Springs to see Mammoth Site of Hot Springs about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Black Hills, stroll through Sunday Gulch Trail, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Custer trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Custer takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Custer are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hill City, South Dakota, Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Black Hills ©
Black Hills
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute

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