15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota holiday planner

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Custer
— 3 nights
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Spearfish
— 2 nights
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Wall
— 2 nights
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Mitchell
— 3 nights
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Sioux Falls
— 4 nights
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Custer

— 3 nights
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: Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park), Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs) and Keystone (Black Hills Helicopters & Presidential Trail). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, take in the pleasant sights at Breezy Point Picnic Area, and take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Custer road trip planner.

New York City to Custer is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Custer is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in October: highs in Custer hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Spearfish.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Spearfish

— 2 nights
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, then browse the exhibits of Adams House, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, and finally make a trip to Deadwood Model Train. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center, take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, then take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Spearfish travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Custer to Spearfish takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Spearfish is 1 hour. October in Spearfish sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Wall.

Things to do in Spearfish

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Wall

— 2 nights
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): get great views at Pinnacles Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape at Bigfoot Pass Overlook. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of White River Valley Overlook, get interesting insight from Hurley Butte Horseback Riding, take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, learn about all things military at Delta-09 Missile Silo, then take an in-depth tour of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and finally browse the different shops at Wall Drug.

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Getting from Spearfish to Wall by car takes about 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Spearfish to Wall is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Spearfish in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Wall: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Mitchell.

Things to do in Wall

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Mitchell

— 3 nights
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Mitchell side-trips: De Smet (Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, &more), Chamberlain (Dignity, Akta Lakota Museum, &more) and Old West Trading Post (in Oacoma). It doesn't end there: make a trip to Corn Palace and contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mitchell itinerary planner.

Drive from Wall to Mitchell in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Sioux Falls

— 4 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Sioux Falls is known for parks, trails, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Falls Park, pause for some photo ops at USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial, get a new perspective on nature at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Butterfly House & Aquarium.

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Traveling by car from Mitchell to Sioux Falls takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 24°F at night. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.