13 days in South Dakota Itinerary

13 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip planner

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Rapid City
— 5 nights
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Interior
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sioux Falls
— 4 nights
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Rapid City

— 5 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Popular historic sites such as Mount Moriah Cemetery and Historic Old Town are in your itinerary. Visiting Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Wildlife Loop Road will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse), Keystone (Breezy Point Picnic Area, Black Hills Helicopters, &more) and Custer (Black Hills National Forest, Sylvan Lake, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Bear Country USA, stop by Downtown Rapid City, get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, and take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rapid City itinerary planner.

Palm Springs to Rapid City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Palm Springs to Rapid City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, Rapid City is colder than Palm Springs - with highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Interior.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Interior

— 3 nights
Interior is a town in Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. Visiting Badlands National Park and Loop Road will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Interior: Minuteman Missile National Historic Site (in Philip), Wall (Delta-09 Missile Silo & Wall Drug) and Badlands National Park (Badlands Wall & Yellow Mounds Overlook). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Homestead Overlook, and hike along Door Trail.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Interior trip builder tool.

Drive from Rapid City to Interior in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Rapid City in September, expect nights in Interior to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Interior

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Sioux Falls

— 4 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Get in touch with nature at Sioux Falls Bike Trails and SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument. Visit St. Joseph Cathedral and De Smet Cemetery for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sioux Falls: Mitchell (Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, Corn Palace, &more), Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie (in De Smet) and Wooden Legs Brewing Company (in Brookings). There's much more to do: stroll around Falls Park, contemplate the long history of Pettigrew Home & Museum, learn about winemaking at Strawbale Winery, and get engrossed in the history at Stockyards Ag Experience.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sioux Falls travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Interior to Sioux Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Interior in September, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Sioux Falls: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.