13 days in South Dakota Itinerary

13 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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13 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Reno
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Hill City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Spearfish
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Sioux Falls
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Reno

3
nights
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Stockade Lake and Black Hills. Get in touch with nature at Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail and Harney Peak. Change things up with a short trip to Wind Cave National Park in Wind Cave National Park (about 1h 05 min away). The adventure continues: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, and do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hill City trip itinerary planner.

Reno to Hill City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Reno in July, with highs in Hill City at 80°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Spearfish.

Things to do in Hill City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, South Dakota, Wind Cave National Park
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Prairie Berry Winery ©
Prairie Berry Winery
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Black Hills ©
Black Hills

3
nights
Spearfish

Spearfish ©
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Visiting Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center and Roughlock Falls State Nature Area will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Bridal Veil Falls and D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Adams House, explore and take pictures at Broken Boot Gold Mine, examine the collection at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, and make a trip to Center of the Nation Monument.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Spearfish day trip app .

Getting from Hill City to Spearfish by car takes about 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hill City to Spearfish due to the time zone difference. In July in Spearfish, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Spearfish

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Deadwood, Belle Fourche, Lead, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame
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Tatanka: Story of the Bison ©
Tatanka: Story of the Bison
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, then hike along Door Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then hike along Saddle Pass Trail, then hike along Notch Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Bigfoot Pass Overlook.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park online trip maker .

Drive from Spearfish to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Spearfish to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Spearfish in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

4
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Get outdoors at Sioux Falls Bike Trails and Palisades State Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Joseph Cathedral and Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie. Change things up with these side-trips from Sioux Falls: Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial (in De Smet) and Mitchell (Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village & Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle). There's lots more to do: trek along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Butterfly House & Aquarium, get engrossed in the history at Old Courthouse Museum, and learn more about the world around you at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Sioux Falls trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls. Traveling from Badlands National Park in July, you will find days in Sioux Falls are slightly colder (83°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

De Smet, Mitchell, Palisades State Park
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St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Palisades State Park ©
Palisades State Park

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