13 days in South Dakota Itinerary

13 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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13 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Drive:  2​h
1
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Hill City
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
End: Kansas City

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Black Hills Tour Company has been added to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Mount Moriah Cemetery and Pawnseum. Take a break from the city and head to Bear Country USA and Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. Change things up with a short trip to Bridal Veil Falls in Spearfish (about 1h 05 min away). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, admire all the interesting features of Big Thunder Gold Mine, explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, and do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rapid City vacation maker .

Kansas City to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. In June, Rapid City is slightly colder than Kansas City - with highs of 78°F and lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Spearfish, Mount Moriah Cemetery, Big Thunder Gold Mine
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City

2
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On the 14th (Fri), admire all the interesting features of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Big Thunder Gold Mine, learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, then look for gifts at Things That Rock, then examine the collection at National Presidential Wax Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Presidential Trail.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Keystone visit app .

Keystone is just a stone's throw from Rapid City. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rapid City in June, with highs in Keystone at 73°F and lows at 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hill City.

Things to do in Keystone

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trip

Hill City
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Prairie Berry Winery ©
Prairie Berry Winery
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute

2
nights
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Stables at Palmer Gulch. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, then admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls, then admire the verdant scenery at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, and finally trot along with The Stables at Palmer Gulch.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Hill City trip planner .

Hill City is very close to Keystone. In June, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Hill City

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Deadwood, Lead, Bridal Veil Falls, Spearfish Falls
Highlights from your plan
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Prairie Berry Winery ©
Prairie Berry Winery

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Custer State Park as well as Needles Highway. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Needles Highway, stroll through Presidential Trail, then learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Black Hills National Forest.

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Custer is just a stone's throw from Hill City. In June, daily temperatures in Custer can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Needles Highway, Presidential Trail, Prairie Berry Winery
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Jewel Cave National Monument ©
Jewel Cave National Monument

1
night
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 20th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Pinnacles Overlook.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Badlands National Park holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Custer to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Custer in June: high temperatures in Badlands National Park hover around 83°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Conata Basin Overlook ©
Conata Basin Overlook

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Dakota Discovery Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mitchell Campground, and then admire the striking features of Corn Palace.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Mitchell attractions app .

Getting from Badlands National Park to Mitchell by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Mitchell due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Mitchell

Wildlife Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lake Mitchell Campground ©
Lake Mitchell Campground
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Dakota Discovery Museum ©
Dakota Discovery Museum

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sioux Falls trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Mitchell to Sioux Falls in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Sioux Falls, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Wildlife Parks

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