14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Appleton
Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Appleton

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Corn Palace and then steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.

Plan my day in Mitchell using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Appleton to Mitchell is an approximately 8.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. While traveling from Appleton, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mitchell, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wall Drug. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug, then explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook, then trek along Castle Trail, and finally take a memorable drive along Loop Road. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Mitchell to Badlands National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Mitchell to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mitchell in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Badlands National Park, with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 9th (Tue), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, then admire all the interesting features of Black Hills Caverns, then admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills, and finally do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Ellsworth Air Force Base, brush up on your military savvy at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, and then find something for the whole family at Storybook Island.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rapid City, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Ellsworth Air Force Base
Highlights from your plan
Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills
Black Hills Caverns ©
Black Hills Caverns
Firehouse Wine Cellars ©
Firehouse Wine Cellars

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): trek along Presidential Trail and then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Rushmore Tramway Adventures.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Keystone driving holiday planner .

Keystone is very close to Rapid City. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rapid City in June; daily highs in Keystone reach 73°F and lows reach 48°F. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Keystone

Theme Parks Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Hill City
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail
Rushmore Tramway Adventures ©
Rushmore Tramway Adventures

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Bicycle Sculpture and then learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Native American Educational and Cultural Center, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harney Peak.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Custer trip planner.

Getting from Keystone to Custer by car takes about an hour. In June, daytime highs in Custer are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Bicycle Sculpture, Black Elk Peak
Highlights from your plan
Black Elk Peak ©
Black Elk Peak
Legion Lake ©
Legion Lake

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 16th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio, admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls, head outdoors with Devil Bathtub South Dakota, then get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, and finally view the masterpieces at Termesphere Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Adams House, stop by Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates, then stroll the grounds of Black Hill National Cemetery, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Bear Butte State Park.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Deadwood trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood. In June, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Spearfish, Black Hill National Cemetery, Spearfish Falls, Bear Butte State Park
Highlights from your plan
Adams House ©
Adams House
Bear Butte State Park ©
Bear Butte State Park

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes SculptureWalk Sioux Falls. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at Butterfly House & Aquarium and then admire the sheer force of Devil's Gulch.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sioux Falls day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Sioux Falls takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Deadwood in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sioux Falls, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Devil's Gulch
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly House & Aquarium ©
Butterfly House & Aquarium
Devil's Gulch ©
Devil's Gulch

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