14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip planner

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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
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Rapid City
— 3 nights
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Deadwood
— 2 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Chamberlain
— 1 night
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Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
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Hot Springs

— 2 nights
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. On the 5th (Mon), learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, then see the interesting displays at Pioneer Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, and finally examine the collection at Trails, Trains and Pioneers Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Evans Plunge Mineral Springs, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wind Cave National Park, then cruise along Needles Highway, and finally hike along Elk Mountain Nature Trail.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hot Springs trip builder.

Minneapolis to Hot Springs is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Hot Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 27°F in Hot Springs. You'll set off for Rapid City on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Rapid City

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Custer (Sylvan Lake, Needles Eye Tunnel, &more), The Farmer's Daughter (in Hill City) and Keystone (Breezy Point Picnic Area & Mount Rushmore National Memorial). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine, and take an unorthodox tour of Cosmos Mystery Area.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Rapid City in an hour. Traveling from Hot Springs in April, Rapid City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Deadwood

— 2 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, then admire all the interesting features of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Adams House, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, engage your brain at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, then take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Belle Joli Winery Tasting Room.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Deadwood travel planner.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Deadwood takes an hour. Alternatively, you can 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 April, daily temperatures in Deadwood can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 2 nights
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.
On the 13th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and then explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead, then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at White River Valley Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape at Burns Basin Overlook.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Badlands National Park online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Deadwood, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Chamberlain

— 1 night
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of South Dakota Hall of Fame, pause for some photo ops at Dignity, then head outdoors with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, and finally take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Chamberlain holiday maker website.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In April in Chamberlain, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Outdoors · Museums

Sioux Falls

— 3 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Sioux Falls is known for parks, trails, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Falls Park, stroll through SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument, learn more about the world around you at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, and trek along Sioux Falls Bike Trails.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sioux Falls trip planning tool.

Getting from Chamberlain to Sioux Falls by car takes about 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Sioux Falls are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

South Dakota travel guide

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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.