13 days in South Dakota Itinerary

13 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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13 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  7​h
1
Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Wall
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
3
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Deadwood
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Custer
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Columbus

2
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): appreciate the history behind USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial, then learn more about the world around you at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, and finally trek along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at The Blood Run Nature Area, don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica, and then get curious at Washington Pavilion.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sioux Falls visit planning app .

Columbus to Sioux Falls is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Columbus to Sioux Falls, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 60°F. You'll set off for Wall on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Washington Pavilion ©
Washington Pavilion

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Wall online route builder .

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Wall takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sioux Falls to Wall due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sioux Falls in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Wall, with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 4th (Wed), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills, then wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, then stop by Alex Johnson Mercantile, and finally do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center, don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Park, then explore and take pictures at Big Thunder Gold Mine, and finally play a few rounds at The Golf Club at Red Rock.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rapid City tour builder website .

Traveling by car from Wall to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Wall, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rapid City, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Rapid City

Outdoors Golf Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Big Thunder Gold Mine
Highlights from your plan
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills
Firehouse Wine Cellars ©
Firehouse Wine Cellars

3
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Visiting Devils Tower National Monument and Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Mount Moriah Cemetery and Historic Old Town. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Deadwood: Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center (in Belle Fourche) and Roughlock Falls State Nature Area (in Lead). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Adams House, appreciate the history behind Mt Roosevelt Monument, take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio, and try your luck at Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Deadwood trip planner .

Getting from Rapid City to Deadwood by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Rapid City to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center, Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, Devils Tower National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©

4
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Get outdoors at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Needles Eye Tunnel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Custer: Hill City (Twisted Pine Winery & Insideout). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area, and explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave National Monument.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Custer day trip planning app .

You can drive from Deadwood to Custer in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 45°F. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hill City, Keystone
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

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