15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

15 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Drive to Los Angeles International Airport, Fly to Rapid City Regional Airport
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Rapid City
— 5 nights
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Sioux Falls
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
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Drive to Rapid City Regional Airport, Fly to Los Angeles International Airport, Drive to Ontario

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Rapid City

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Jon Crane Gallery & Custom Framing (in Hill City), Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Breezy Point Picnic Area) and Custer (Sylvan Lake, Needles Eye Tunnel, &more). Pack the 5th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine, and look for gifts at Alex Johnson Mercantile.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Rapid City trip maker website.

Ontario to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ontario to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ontario in July, you will find days in Rapid City are a bit cooler (85°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Rapid City

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sioux Falls: De Smet (Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes & Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie) and Lake Vermillion Recreation Area (in Canistota). There's still lots to do: walk around Falls Park, hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, see what you can catch with The Outdoor Campus, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls trip builder tool.

You can drive from Rapid City to Sioux Falls in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Rapid City to Sioux Falls, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mitchell.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Mitchell

Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): stop by Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop, then learn about all things military at George and Eleanor McGovern Library, then make a trip to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, and finally don't miss a visit to Corn Palace.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mitchell day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Mitchell takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Mitchell are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums · Shopping

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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.
Take a break from Badlands National Park with a short trip to Hurley Butte Horseback Riding in Interior, about 40 minutes away. Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's lots more to do: cruise along Loop Road, hike along Door Trail, stop by Badlands Ranch Store, and take some stellar pictures from Yellow Mounds Overlook.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park tour builder.

Traveling by car from Mitchell to Badlands National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Mitchell to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.