15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  7​h
1
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Mitchell
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Sioux Falls
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

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: Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse), Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Wildlife Loop Road, & more) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, get your game on at Cosmos Mystery Area, and stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

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New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New York City to Rapid City, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in June, Rapid City is a bit cooler at night with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Moriah Cemetery, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road

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.
Badlands National Park is known for scenic drive, nature, trails, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Loop Road, explore the striking landscape of Yellow Mounds Overlook, trek along Door Trail, and browse the different shops at Wall Drug.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Badlands National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Badlands National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Wall Drug
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

3
nights
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mitchell: Chamberlain (Akta Lakota Museum & Dignity), De Smet (Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, & more) and South Dakota Tractor Museum (in Kimball). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Corn Palace, steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, and look for gifts at Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mitchell itinerary builder app .

Getting from Badlands National Park to Mitchell by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to Mitchell is 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Mitchell can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

De Smet, Chamberlain, South Dakota Tractor Museum
Highlights from your plan
Akta Lakota Museum ©
Akta Lakota Museum
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace

4
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Children's Museum of South Dakota (in Brookings) and Watertown (Redlin Art Center & Mellette House). There's still lots to do: walk around Falls Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Butterfly House & Aquarium, contemplate the waterfront views at Arrowhead Park, and stroll through SculptureWalk Sioux Falls.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sioux Falls using our trip planner.

Drive from Mitchell to Sioux Falls in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Watertown, Children's Museum of South Dakota
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Escapades Escape Rooms ©
Escapades Escape Rooms
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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