15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
1
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Mitchell
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Watertown
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Sioux Falls
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Let the collections at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Insideout capture your imagination. The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, admire all the interesting features of Wildlife Loop Road, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Custer trip website .

New York City to Custer is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in September: highs in Custer hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Insideout, Crazy Horse Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Insideout ©
Insideout

3
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Get some historical perspective at Mount Moriah Cemetery and Black Hill National Cemetery. Do your shopping at Scott Jacobs Studio and Termesphere Gallery. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, examine the collection at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, appreciate the history behind Mt Roosevelt Monument, and steep yourself in history at Adams House.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Deadwood trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. In September in Deadwood, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Spearfish, Sturgis, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams House ©
Adams House
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, explore and take pictures at Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Wall online road trip planner .

Getting from Deadwood to Wall by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to Wall is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Deadwood in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Wall: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

2
nights
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stop by Dimock Dairy, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mitchell Campground, and then contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Corn Palace, make a trip to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, then take an in-depth tour of Dakota Discovery Museum, and finally learn about all things military at George and Eleanor McGovern Library.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Mitchell trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Wall to Mitchell in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Mitchell are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Watertown.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Dimock Dairy
Highlights from your plan
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Dakota Discovery Museum ©
Dakota Discovery Museum
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©

1
night
Watertown

Watertown ©
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Terry Redlin Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Redlin Art Center, get engrossed in the history at Codington County Historical Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Mellette House, and finally appreciate the history behind Watertown Veterans Memorial.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Watertown trip app .

You can drive from Mitchell to Watertown in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Watertown

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Codington County Historical Museum ©
Mellette House ©
Mellette House

4
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie and Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Sioux Falls: National Music Museum (in Vermillion) and De Smet (De Smet Cemetery & Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial). There's still lots to do: stroll around Falls Park, get your game on at Escapades Escape Rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, and appreciate the history behind USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sioux Falls trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Watertown to Sioux Falls takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Sioux Falls are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

De Smet, National Music Museum, Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
National Music Museum ©
National Music Museum

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