13 days in South Dakota Itinerary

13 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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13 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Tampa
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hill City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Spearfish
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Sturgis
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Tampa

2
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Old Courthouse Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, then learn more about the world around you at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, and finally make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica. On the next day, stroll through Sioux Falls Bike Trails, then learn about winemaking at Strawbale Winery, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of South Dakota.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls road trip planning site .

Tampa to Sioux Falls is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tampa in July; daily highs in Sioux Falls reach 83°F and lows reach 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Children's Museum of South Dakota, Strawbale Winery
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Old Courthouse Museum ©
Old Courthouse Museum
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Children's Museum of South Dakota ©

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.
On the 6th (Mon), hike along Saddle Pass Trail, explore the striking landscape at White River Valley Overlook, brush up on your military savvy at Delta-09 Missile Silo, then explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook, and finally hike along Castle Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sage Creek Wilderness Area, and then contemplate the long history of Prairie Homestead.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Sioux Falls, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hill City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Trails Historic Sites

Side Trips

Delta-09 Missile Silo, Prairie Homestead
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Delta-09 Missile Silo ©
Delta-09 Missile Silo
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

2
nights
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, learn about winemaking at Twisted Pine Winery, then make a trip to Brule, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Black Hills. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Native American Educational and Cultural Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Legion Lake, then get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Black Elk Peak.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hill City online trip builder .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Hill City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Badlands National Park in July, with highs in Hill City at 80°F and lows at 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Spearfish.

Things to do in Hill City

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

South Dakota, Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Breezy Point Picnic Area, Legion Lake
Highlights from your plan
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
Black Hills ©
Black Hills
Black Elk Peak ©
Black Elk Peak

3
nights
Spearfish

Spearfish ©
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Termesphere Gallery, then head outdoors with Devil Bathtub South Dakota, then immerse yourself in nature at Roughlock Falls Nature Area, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Spearfish Falls. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio, do a tasting at Belle Joli Winery Tasting Room, take an in-depth tour of High Plains Heritage Center Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at McNenny State Fish Hatchery, and finally make a splash at Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Spearfish trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Hill City to Spearfish by car takes about 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Spearfish are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. On the 12th (Sun), you'll travel to Sturgis.

Things to do in Spearfish

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Savoy, Deadwood
Highlights from your plan
Belle Joli Winery Tasting Room ©
Belle Joli Winery Tasting Room

2
nights
Sturgis

Sturgis ©
Sturgis is a city in Meade County, South Dakota, United States. Bear Butte State Park has been added to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame and Wonderland Caves. Get some cultural insight at Old Fort Meade Museum and Black Hill National Cemetery. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Belle Joli and don't miss a visit to Wild Bill.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sturgis trip itinerary site .

Sturgis is just a short distance from Spearfish. In July, daily temperatures in Sturgis can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sturgis

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Wonderland Caves, Bear Butte State Park, Wild Bill
Highlights from your plan
Bear Butte State Park ©
Bear Butte State Park
Old Fort Meade Museum ©
Old Fort Meade Museum

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