14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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

2
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral and then make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica. Keep things going the next day: get your game on at Escapades Escape Rooms, then do a tasting at Strawbale Winery, then steep yourself in history at Pettigrew Home & Museum, and finally walk around Falls Park.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sioux Falls travel route planning tool .

Detroit to Sioux Falls is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Detroit to Sioux Falls due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Sioux Falls can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Strawbale Winery
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, then steep yourself in history at Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, and finally take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read De Smet trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Sioux Falls to De Smet by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Loop Road and Badlands National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, explore the striking landscape of Conata Basin Overlook, admire all the interesting features of Yellow Mounds Overlook, and trek along Door Trail.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from De Smet to Badlands National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from De Smet to Badlands National Park. When traveling from De Smet in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Custer State Park. Explore Custer's surroundings by going to Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs) and Presidential Trail (in Keystone). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road, Head underground at Jewel Cave National Monument, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and view the masterpieces at Art Expressions.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Custer route builder site .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Custer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Badlands National Park in July, things will get little chillier in Custer: highs are around 80°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

3
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Visit Mount Moriah Cemetery and Adams House for their historical value. Step out of Deadwood with an excursion to Black Hill National Cemetery in Sturgis--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, sample the tasty concoctions at Dakota Shivers Brewing, do a tasting at Belle Joli Winery Sparkling House, and take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Deadwood trip website .

Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Deadwood is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Deadwood

Fun & Games Casinos Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sturgis, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, Dakota Shivers Brewing
Highlights from your plan
Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort ©
Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

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