15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  8​h
1
Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Custer
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Get a sense of the local culture at Strawbale Winery and Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. Get outdoors at SculptureWalk Sioux Falls and Sioux Falls Bike Trails. The adventure continues: stroll through Falls Park, sample the tasty concoctions at WoodGrain Brewing Company, engage your brain at Washington Pavilion, and make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls trip maker website .

Washington DC to Sioux Falls is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Sioux Falls is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect Sioux Falls to be slightly colder, temps between 83°F and 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trip

Strawbale Winery
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum, then steep yourself in history at Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our De Smet journey planner.

Drive from Sioux Falls to De Smet in 2 hours. July in De Smet sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mitchell.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, don't miss a visit to Corn Palace, then don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, and finally learn about all things military at George and Eleanor McGovern Library.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mitchell trip builder .

You can drive from De Smet to Mitchell in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle

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.
Visiting Badlands National Park and Loop Road will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, hike along Notch Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, and explore the striking landscape of Burns Basin Overlook.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Mitchell to Badlands National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Badlands National Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Days of '76 Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Adams House, then cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and finally take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Deadwood trip planner .

Getting from Badlands National Park to Deadwood by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Deadwood, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Spearfish
Highlights from your plan
Adams House ©
Adams House
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.
Prairie Berry Winery and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Iron Mountain Road and Sylvan Lake. Go for a jaunt from Custer to Keystone to see Presidential Trail about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, view the masterpieces at Art Expressions, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Custer online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Custer takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Deadwood to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Deadwood in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 53°F in Custer. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Prairie Berry Winery
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

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