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 15​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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Black Hills Tour Company. Take a break from the city and head to Bear Country USA and Reptile Gardens. Get some cultural insight at Mount Moriah Cemetery and Firehouse Wine Cellars. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Spearfish (Bridal Veil Falls & Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, explore and take pictures at Big Thunder Gold Mine, take an in-depth tour of Pawnseum, and explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Rapid City holiday planner.

Kansas City to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, Rapid City is a bit cooler than Kansas City - with highs of 78°F and lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough 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.
You've now added Mount Rushmore National Memorial to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. 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, look for gifts at Things That Rock, then examine the collection at National Presidential Wax Museum, and finally trek along Presidential Trail.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Keystone trip planner .

Keystone is very close to Rapid City. Traveling from Rapid City in June, things will get a bit cooler in Keystone: highs are around 73°F and lows about 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Custer.

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. The Stables at Palmer Gulch has been added to your itinerary. 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: get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls, then appreciate the views at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, and finally take a pleasant ride with The Stables at Palmer Gulch.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hill City day trip tool .

Hill City is just a stone's throw from Keystone. In June, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Hill City

Outdoors Museums Nature

Side Trips

Deadwood, Lead, Spearfish Falls, Bridal Veil 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 16th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Needles Highway, tour the pleasant surroundings at Presidential Trail, then learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Custer trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Keystone to Custer takes an hour. June in Custer sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Needles Highway, Prairie Berry Winery, Presidential Trail
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get great views at Pinnacles Overlook.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Custer to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Custer in June; daily highs in Badlands National Park reach 83°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car 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. On the 18th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Dakota Discovery Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Lake Mitchell Campground, and then admire the landmark architecture of Corn Palace.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mitchell holiday planner.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Mitchell in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Mitchell, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Mitchell

Parks Wildlife 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 where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mitchell to Sioux Falls takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Wildlife

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