15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly + taxi:  7​h
1
Custer
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Wall
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Chamberlain
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Sioux Falls
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: San Diego

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Custer: Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs) and Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Hills National Forest, cruise along Needles Highway, and contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Custer planner .

San Diego to Custer is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Custer is 1 hour. Traveling from San Diego in November, expect Custer to be colder, temps between 45°F and 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Keystone, Hill City, Bicycle Sculpture, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Deadwood: Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center (in Belle Fourche) and Black Hill National Cemetery (in Sturgis). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Dakota Shivers Brewing, don't miss a visit to Deadwood Model Train, and take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum.

Find out how to plan Deadwood trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. In November in Deadwood, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 26°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Spearfish, Dakota Shivers Brewing, Spearfish Falls, Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center, Black Hill National Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

2
nights
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): cruise along Loop Road and then explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, brush up on your military savvy at Delta-09 Missile Silo, explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Wall travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Wall takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Wall due to the time zone difference. In November in Wall, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 22°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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

1
night
Chamberlain

Chamberlain ©
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Old West Trading Post, explore the galleries of South Dakota Hall of Fame, then pause for some photo ops at Dignity, then get outside with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, and finally take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum.

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

Traveling by car from Wall to Chamberlain takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In November, daytime highs in Chamberlain are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Outdoors Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Old West Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
Akta Lakota Museum ©
Akta Lakota Museum
Dignity ©
Dignity
Old West Trading Post ©
Old West Trading Post

4
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux Falls: Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie (in De Smet), Corn Palace (in Mitchell) and Watertown (Terry Redlin Museum, Redlin Art Center, & more). There's still lots to do: walk around Falls Park, see the sky in a new way at Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, and test your team's savvy at Escapades Escape Rooms.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chamberlain to Sioux Falls takes 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Sioux Falls can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Watertown, Corn Palace, Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie
Highlights from your plan
Escapades Escape Rooms ©
Escapades Escape Rooms
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace

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