14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Tampa, Florida
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  8​h
1
Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Watertown
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Hill City
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Tampa, Florida

3
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Do some cultural sightseeing at Strawbale Winery and Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie. Take a break from the city and head to The Blood Run Nature Area and Arrowhead Park. Go for a jaunt from Sioux Falls to De Smet to see De Smet Cemetery about 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Pettigrew Home & Museum, don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Falls Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls travel app .

Tampa to Sioux Falls is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In January, Sioux Falls is cooler than Tampa - with highs of 27°F and lows of 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Watertown.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

De Smet, Strawbale Winery
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Strawbale Winery ©
Strawbale Winery

1
night
Watertown

Watertown ©
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Terry Redlin Museum, then shop like a local with Redlin Art Center, then admire the landmark architecture of Mellette House, and finally take an in-depth tour of Codington County Historical Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Watertown itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sioux Falls to Watertown in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°F in January, and nighttime lows around 4°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Watertown

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Codington County Historical Museum ©
Mellette House ©
Mellette House

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.
On the 13th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, then take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, and finally get great views at Pinnacles Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Badlands National Park tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Watertown to Badlands National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Watertown in January, with highs in Badlands National Park at 34°F and lows at 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, and then stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Adams House, then take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, and finally admire the majestic nature at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Deadwood trip planner .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Deadwood in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Badlands National Park in January, Deadwood is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hill City.

Things to do in Deadwood

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

5
nights
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Visiting Black Hills National Forest and Needles Eye Tunnel will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Civilian Conservation Corps Museum of South Dakota. Get out of town with these interesting Hill City side-trips: Custer (Bismark Lake Campground, Wildlife Loop Road, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, trek along Presidential Trail, and view the masterpieces at Insideout.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hill City journey planner.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Hill City takes 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Hill City. In January, daily temperatures in Hill City can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hill City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

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