15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: York
Drive + Fly:  17​h 45​min
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
+2
Fly + subway + train:  17​h 30​min
End: York

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Wildlife Loop Road, & more), Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, get a new perspective on nature at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, enjoy some diversion at Cosmos Mystery Area, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rapid City trip builder site .

York, UK to Rapid City is an approximately 18-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from York to Rapid City. When traveling from York in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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

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, trek along Door Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, and stroll through Notch Trail.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Badlands National Park holiday maker website .

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rapid City in September: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car 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. Get out of town with these interesting Mitchell side-trips: De Smet (Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, & more), South Dakota Tractor Museum (in Kimball) and Chamberlain (Akta Lakota Museum & Dignity). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Corn Palace, stop by Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop, and contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mitchell day trip planner.

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. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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. Change things up with these side-trips from Sioux Falls: Meridian Highway Bridge (in Yankton) and National Music Museum (in Vermillion). The adventure continues: walk around Falls Park, learn more about the world around you at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, stroll through Sioux Falls Bike Trails, and contemplate the waterfront views at Arrowhead Park.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Mitchell to Sioux Falls in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

National Music Museum, Meridian Highway Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Escapades Escape Rooms ©
Escapades Escape Rooms
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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