14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly + Drive:  18​h 30​min
1
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Athens

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 5th (Mon), hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, then have fun and explore at Stockyards Ag Experience, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Falls Park. On the next day, hike along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls, meet the residents at Butterfly House & Aquarium, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls trip itinerary builder .

Athens, Greece to Sioux Falls is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Athens to Sioux Falls, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Sioux Falls is slightly colder than Athens - with highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. On the 7th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, admire the striking features of Corn Palace, then make a trip to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, and finally get engrossed in the history at George and Eleanor McGovern Library.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mitchell trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Sioux Falls to Mitchell in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Mitchell can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums Historic Sites
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Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle

2
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, cruise along Wildlife Loop Road, and then explore the striking landscape of Wind Cave National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Jewel Cave National Monument and then stroll through Elk Mountain Nature Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hot Springs itinerary builder site .

Getting from Mitchell to Hot Springs by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Mitchell in August: high temperatures in Hot Springs hover around 29°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Wind Cave National Park
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Jewel Cave National Monument ©
Jewel Cave National Monument
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

4
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Custer (Sylvan Lake, Iron Mountain Road, & more), Mount Moriah Cemetery (in Deadwood) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, admire all the interesting features of Big Thunder Gold Mine, take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, and pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Rapid City trip builder site .

You can drive from Hot Springs to Rapid City in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Hot Springs in August, expect Rapid City to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Moriah Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

3
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.
Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, trek along Notch Trail, stroll through Door Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Badlands National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

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