15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Newport News
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Philip
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Custer
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Deadwood
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  7​h 30​min
End: Newport News

2
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 7th (Sun), walk around Falls Park. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Old Courthouse Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, and then engage your brain at Washington Pavilion.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sioux Falls trip maker website .

Newport News to Sioux Falls is an approximately 7-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newport News to Sioux Falls. In June, Sioux Falls is little chillier than Newport News - with highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mitchell.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Museums Parks Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Old Courthouse Museum ©
Old Courthouse Museum

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. On the 10th (Wed), admire the striking features of Corn Palace, steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, then take an in-depth tour of Dakota Discovery Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of George and Eleanor McGovern Library.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mitchell trip planner .

Drive from Sioux Falls to Mitchell in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to De Smet.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dakota Discovery Museum ©
Dakota Discovery Museum
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace

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 11th (Thu): stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, then steep yourself in history at Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, and finally take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the De Smet trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Mitchell to De Smet by car takes about 1.5 hours. June in De Smet sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Philip.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

1
night
Philip

Philip ©
Philip is a city in Haakon County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): look for gifts at Badlands Trading Post, appreciate the extensive heritage of Prairie Homestead, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Philip vacation site .

You can drive from De Smet to Philip in 4 hours. Another option is to fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Philip are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Philip

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead
Badlands Trading Post ©
Badlands Trading Post

5
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Appreciate the collections at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Insideout. Get a sense of the local culture at Prairie Berry Winery and Art Expressions. Change things up with these side-trips from Custer: Civilian Conservation Corps Museum of South Dakota (in Hill City) and Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, cruise along Wildlife Loop Road, explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave National Monument, and take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Custer day trip website .

You can drive from Philip to Custer in 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Philip in June, with highs in Custer at 73°F and lows at 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hill City, Keystone, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Windcross Conservancy
Highlights from your plan
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute

4
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Adams House and Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mount Moriah Cemetery and Historic Old Town. There's lots more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Dakota Shivers Brewing, view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio, take an in-depth tour of Black Hills Mining Museum, and do a tasting at Belle Joli Winery Sparkling House.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Deadwood tour planner .

Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Custer to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Deadwood are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Lead, Spearfish, Sturgis
Highlights from your plan
Adams House ©
Adams House
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

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