14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  7​h
1
Wind Cave National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Deadwood
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Chamberlain
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Madison

1
night
Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park presents one of the United States' few remaining intact prairies.
On the 1st (Thu), Head underground at Wind Cave National Park.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Wind Cave National Park trip builder tool .

Madison to Wind Cave National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Madison in November, expect little chillier with lows of 23°F in Wind Cave National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Deadwood.

Things to do in Wind Cave National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Black Hills, Horseback Riding Tours
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Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Horseback Riding Tours
Black Hills ©
Black Hills

4
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Adams House and Chapel in the Hills are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Deadwood: Rapid City (Museum of Geology, Firehouse Wine Cellars, & more), Bridal Veil Falls (in Spearfish) and Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center (in Belle Fourche). There's still lots to do: engage your brain at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, shop like a local with Scott Jacobs Studio, examine the collection at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, and learn about winemaking at Belle Joli Winery Tasting Room.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Deadwood trip planner .

Traveling by car from Wind Cave National Park to Deadwood takes 2 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In November in Deadwood, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 26°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

#Museums, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Rapid City, Spearfish, Lead, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Adams House ©
Adams House

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Notch Trail and Big Badlands Overlook. Escape the urban bustle at Badlands National Park and Door Trail. When in Badlands National Park, make a side trip to see Prairie Homestead in Philip, approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panorama Point Overlook, and explore the striking landscape at White River Valley Overlook.

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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. In November, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Prairie Homestead, Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook

1
night
Chamberlain

Chamberlain ©
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. On the 11th (Sun), make a trip to Dignity, then hunt for treasures at Old West Trading Post, and then get engrossed in the history at Akta Lakota Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Chamberlain sightseeing planning tool .

Drive from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in November, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Chamberlain

#Museums, #Shopping

Side Trip

Old West Trading Post
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Akta Lakota Museum ©
Akta Lakota Museum
Dignity ©
Dignity
Old West Trading Post ©
Old West Trading Post

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum, steep yourself in history at Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, and then contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the De Smet route planner .

Getting from Chamberlain to De Smet by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in November, and nighttime lows around 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in De Smet

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

2
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, then stroll through Sioux Falls Bike Trails, and then stroll through SculptureWalk Sioux Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, then admire the majestic nature at Palisades State Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls online trip planner .

Traveling by car from De Smet to Sioux Falls takes 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Sioux Falls are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trip

Palisades State Park
Highlights from your plan
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls ©
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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