14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Milwaukee
Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
3
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Crazy Horse
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
End: Milwaukee

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 26th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Arrowhead Park and then identify plant and animal life at Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, look for all kinds of wild species at The Blood Run Nature Area, and then trek along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sioux Falls trip itinerary maker .

Milwaukee to Sioux Falls is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Sioux Falls are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Wildlife Trails
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Loop Road and Badlands Wall. Go for a jaunt from Badlands National Park to Wounded Knee to see Wounded Knee Massacre Monument about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, explore the wealth of natural beauty at White River Valley Overlook, and trek along Notch Trail.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Badlands National Park day trip app .

You can drive from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park. June in Badlands National Park sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Wall.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Wounded Knee Massacre Monument, Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Delta-09 Missile Silo and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): examine the collection at Armed Forces Display & Gifts, learn about all things military at Launch Control Facility Delta-01, and then shop like a local with Wall Drug.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Wall online trip planner .

Wall is very close to Badlands National Park. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Wall

Museums Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Armed Forces Display & Gifts
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Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Delta-09 Missile Silo ©
Delta-09 Missile Silo

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.
Family-friendly places like Bear Country USA and Black Hills National Forest will thrill your kids. Get in touch with nature at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Sylvan Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Mount Moriah Cemetery (in Deadwood) and Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Custer State Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Reptile Gardens, take an unorthodox tour of Cosmos Mystery Area, and explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City travel route planner.

Drive from Wall to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Wall in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Moriah Cemetery, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

3
nights
Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Native American Educational and Cultural Center. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Crazy Horse tour planner.

Drive from Rapid City to Crazy Horse in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rapid City in July; daily highs in Crazy Horse reach 80°F and lows reach 53°F. On the 9th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Crazy Horse

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

South Dakota
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Black Elk Peak ©
Black Elk Peak
The Needles ©
The Needles
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

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