15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip maker

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Custer
— 3 nights
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Deadwood
— 5 nights
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Wall
— 3 nights
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Sioux Falls
— 3 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary and Legion Lake. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute and Custer County 1881 Courthouse. Go for a jaunt from Custer to Hot Springs to see Angostura Recreation Area about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Little Devil's Tower Trail, take a memorable drive along Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, contemplate the waterfront views at Stockade Lake, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail.

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Charlotte to Custer is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charlotte to Custer. In August, Custer is slightly colder than Charlotte - with highs of 77°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Deadwood

— 5 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Explore hidden gems such as Tatanka: Story of the Bison and D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Days of '76 Museum and Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Deadwood: Roughlock Falls State Nature Area (in Lead), Roughlock Falls Nature Area (in Savoy) and Belle Fourche (Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center, Tri-State Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Broken Boot Gold Mine, hike along Deadwood Trailhead George S. Mickelson Trail, admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, and examine the collection at Black Hills Mining Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Deadwood tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Deadwood is 1 hour. In August in Deadwood, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Wall

— 3 nights
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Notch Trail and Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Prairie Homestead and Sage Creek Wilderness Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wall: Badlands National Park (Door Trail, Panorama Point Overlook, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Yellow Mounds Overlook, hike along Castle Trail, and make a trip to Pinnacles Overlook.

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Traveling by car from Deadwood to Wall takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Deadwood to Wall, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Deadwood in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Wall: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Wall

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sioux Falls

— 3 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Do some cultural sightseeing at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History and Old Courthouse Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Joseph Cathedral and Pettigrew Home & Museum. And it doesn't end there: hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, enjoy some music at Washington Pavilion, learn about winemaking at Strawbale Winery, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Butterfly House & Aquarium.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wall to Sioux Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Wall in September, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Sioux Falls: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Nightlife

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.