15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Watertown
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  15​h 30​min
End: Brussels

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Insideout (in Hill City), Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Presidential Trail) and Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Wildlife Loop Road, & more). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, and pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City trip itinerary maker app .

Brussels, Belgium to Rapid City is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Brussels to Rapid City. Traveling from Brussels in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rapid City, with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, Mount Moriah Cemetery, Crazy Horse Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

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.
Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, admire all the interesting features of Sheep Mountain Table Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park road trip site .

Drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Badlands National Park are 17°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): learn about all things military at George and Eleanor McGovern Library, then steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, then admire the landmark architecture of Corn Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mitchell travel planner .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Mitchell in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Mitchell due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Mitchell are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Watertown.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle

2
nights
Watertown

Watertown ©
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. On the 15th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Watertown Veterans Memorial, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bramble Park Zoo, then get a taste of the local shopping with Redlin Art Center, and finally view the masterpieces at Terry Redlin Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): try your luck at Dakota Sioux Casino, admire the striking features of Mellette House, and then take an in-depth tour of Codington County Historical Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Watertown trip planner .

You can drive from Mitchell to Watertown in 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mitchell in April: high temperatures in Watertown hover around 13°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Watertown

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Watertown Veterans Memorial ©
Watertown Veterans Memorial
Codington County Historical Museum ©

3
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Sioux Falls is known for parks, trails, museums, zoos & aquariums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Falls Park, contemplate the long history of Pettigrew Home & Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, and get curious at Washington Pavilion.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Sioux Falls trip itinerary site .

Drive from Watertown to Sioux Falls in 2 hours. April in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Escapades Escape Rooms ©
Escapades Escape Rooms
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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