14 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Mitchell & Sioux Falls Itinerary

14 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Mitchell & Sioux Falls Itinerary

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14 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Mitchell & Sioux Falls Itinerary

Start: Little Falls
Drive:  13​h
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Keystone
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Mitchell
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Little Falls

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Downtown Rapid City, Cosmos Mystery Area, Dinosaur Park, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at Cosmos Mystery Area, see the interesting displays at Museum of Geology, wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, then identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, then examine the collection at The Journey Museum & Learning Center, and finally brush up on your military savvy at South Dakota Air and Space Museum. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, then shop like a local with Art Alley, and then explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rapid City holiday planner .

Minneapolis to Rapid City is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Rapid City. In August, daytime highs in Rapid City are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Parks Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Rushmore Tramway Adventures. Museum-lovers will get to explore Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery and Insideout. Change things up with these side-trips from Keystone: Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Jewel Cave National Monument, & more). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine, hike along Presidential Trail, and admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Keystone journey planner .

Keystone is very close to Rapid City. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rapid City in August, with highs in Keystone at 77°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Custer, Hill City, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 31st (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio, steep yourself in history at Adams House, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, and finally cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Deadwood travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Keystone to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Deadwood can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Scenic Drive Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Spearfish
Highlights from your plan
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. On the 1st (Sun), buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and finally take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Wall itinerary builder site .

Drive from Deadwood to Wall in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Deadwood to Wall, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Deadwood in August, you will find days in Wall are a bit warmer (87°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Wall

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, admire the landmark architecture of Corn Palace, then don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, and finally stop by Dimock Dairy. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at South Dakota Tractor Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Lake Mitchell Campground.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mitchell road trip planner.

You can drive from Wall to Mitchell in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Wall to Mitchell. In September, daytime highs in Mitchell are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Mitchell

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Dimock Dairy, South Dakota Tractor Museum
Highlights from your plan
Lake Mitchell Campground ©
Lake Mitchell Campground
South Dakota Tractor Museum ©
South Dakota Tractor Museum
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©

3
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to SculptureWalk Sioux Falls and Arrowhead Park. Appreciate the collections at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History and Stockyards Ag Experience. Go for a jaunt from Sioux Falls to Pipestone to see Pipestone National Monument about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, meet the residents at Butterfly House & Aquarium, make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica, and walk around Falls Park.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sioux Falls trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Mitchell to Sioux Falls by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Pipestone National Monument
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls ©
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls

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