15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota tour planner

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Custer
— 3 nights
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Deadwood
— 2 nights
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Wall
— 3 nights
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Chamberlain
— 2 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Custer: Keystone (Black Hills Helicopters & Presidential Trail) and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, take in the pleasant sights at Breezy Point Picnic Area, and delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Custer holiday tool.

New York City to Custer is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from New York City to Custer, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, expect nights in Custer to be colder, around 45°F, while days are slightly colder, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Deadwood

— 2 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, then get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, then browse the exhibits of Adams House, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, then cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then appreciate the history behind Tatanka: Story of the Bison, and finally shop like a local with Scott Jacobs Studio.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Deadwood sightseeing planning website.

You can drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Custer to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September in Deadwood, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Wall

— 3 nights
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Wall: Badlands National Park (Panorama Point Overlook & Door Trail). Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Wall Drug, take some stellar pictures from Yellow Mounds Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and brush up on your military savvy at Delta-09 Missile Silo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Wall trip planner.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Wall takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to Wall is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Deadwood in September, expect nights in Wall to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Wall

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Chamberlain

— 2 nights
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): browse for treasures at Old West Trading Post, take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum, then head outdoors with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, then make a trip to Dignity, and finally take an in-depth tour of South Dakota Hall of Fame. On your second day here, examine the collection at South Dakota Tractor Museum.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chamberlain day trip app.

Getting from Wall to Chamberlain by car takes about 2.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Wall to Chamberlain due to the time zone difference. In September in Chamberlain, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Sioux Falls

— 4 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Change things up with these side-trips from Sioux Falls: Mitchell (Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, Corn Palace, &more). There's much more to do: stroll around Falls Park, cast your line with The Outdoor Campus, make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica, and trek along SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Chamberlain to Sioux Falls takes 2.5 hours. In September in Sioux Falls, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

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.