15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Springfield
Drive:  29 h 30 min
1
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Interior
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Philip
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
End: Springfield

3
nights
Rapid City

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Black Hills Mining Museum and Deadwood Trailhead George S. Mickelson Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Bear Country USA and Bridal Veil Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Savoy (Roughlock Falls Nature Area & Spearfish Falls). Next up on the itinerary: catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, explore the stunning scenery at Canyon Lake Park, play a few rounds at The Golf Club at Red Rock, and do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City trip itinerary maker tool.

Springfield to Rapid City is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Deadwood.

Things to do in Rapid City

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Savoy, Bridal Veil Falls, Black Hills Mining Museum, Deadwood Trailhead George S. Mickelson Trail
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Black Hills Mining Museum ©
Black Hills Mining Museum
Deadwood Trailhead George S. Mickelson Trail ©

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Days of '76 Museum. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Adams House and then do a tasting at Belle Joli Winery Tasting Room. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls, get engrossed in the history at Days of '76 Museum, get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Deadwood online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Rapid City to Deadwood by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. September in Deadwood sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Spearfish, Spearfish Falls
Highlights from your plan
Adams House ©
Adams House
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Days of '76 Museum ©
Days of '76 Museum

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 3rd (Thu), go for a walk through Breezy Point Picnic Area and then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Legion Lake, get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Elk Peak, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Custer vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Deadwood to Custer in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to Custer is minus 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Custer are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Interior.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, Black Elk Peak
Highlights from your plan
Black Elk Peak ©
Black Elk Peak
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute

2
nights
Interior

Interior ©
Interior is a town in Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. Badlands National Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 5th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panorama Point Overlook, and then explore the striking landscape at Burns Basin Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead, get engrossed in the history at Delta-09 Missile Silo, explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then explore the striking landscape of Conata Basin Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape of Homestead Overlook.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Interior trip planner.

You can drive from Custer to Interior in 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Custer in September: highs in Interior hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 49°F. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Philip.

Things to do in Interior

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Delta-09 Missile Silo
Highlights from your plan
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site ©
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

2
nights
Philip

Philip ©
Philip is a city in Haakon County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Delta-09 Missile Silo, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and then contemplate the long history of Prairie Homestead. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Badlands Petrified Gardens, then steep yourself in history at South Dakota's Original 1880 Town, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Philip online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Interior to Philip by car takes about an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Philip can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. On the 9th (Wed), you'll travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Philip

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Wall, South Dakota's Original 1880 Town, Badlands Petrified Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead
South Dakota's Original 1880 Town ©
South Dakota's Original 1880 Town
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site ©
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

2
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral and then explore the engaging exhibits at Stockyards Ag Experience.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sioux Falls trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Philip to Sioux Falls in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Philip in September: highs in Sioux Falls hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Devil's Gulch, Lake Vermillion Recreation Area, Strawbale Winery
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Lake Vermillion Recreation Area ©
Lake Vermillion Recreation Area
Devil's Gulch ©
Devil's Gulch

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