15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  8​h
1
Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Chamberlain
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Deadwood
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Custer
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Explore Sioux Falls' surroundings by going to Lake Vermillion Recreation Area (in Canistota) and Corn Palace (in Mitchell). There's much more to do: walk around Falls Park, get your game on at Escapades Escape Rooms, trek along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, and see the sky in a new way at Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls attractions planner.

San Francisco to Sioux Falls is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Sioux Falls. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect Sioux Falls to be a bit cooler, temps between 62°F and 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Corn Palace, Lake Vermillion Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Escapades Escape Rooms ©
Escapades Escape Rooms
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace

1
night
Chamberlain

Chamberlain ©
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): head outdoors with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, appreciate the history behind Dignity, then hunt for treasures at Old West Trading Post, and finally get engrossed in the history at Akta Lakota Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Chamberlain trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Sioux Falls to Chamberlain in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in October, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.

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

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: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, browse the different shops at Wall Drug, and explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

Plan a Badlands National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Chamberlain to Badlands National Park in 2.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chamberlain to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Badlands National Park can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Explore Deadwood's surroundings by going to Belle Fourche (PaleoAdventures & Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, and get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Deadwood holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Deadwood takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to Deadwood is 1 hour. Traveling from Badlands National Park in October, expect nights in Deadwood to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are slightly colder, around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Spearfish, Belle Fourche, Spearfish Falls, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

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.
Step out of Custer to go to Hot Springs and see Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take in the pleasant sights at Breezy Point Picnic Area, contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Custer itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Custer takes 1.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Custer due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Custer are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Keystone, Hill City, Needles Highway, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Crazy Horse Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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