15 days in Southeast South Dakota Region Itinerary

15 days in Southeast South Dakota Region Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southeast South Dakota Region route planner

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Rapid City
— 4 nights
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Chamberlain
— 1 night
Drive
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Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive
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Sioux Falls
— 5 nights
Drive
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Watertown
— 3 nights
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Rapid City

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Rapid City is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Country USA, find something for the whole family at Storybook Island, stroll around Founders Park, and make a trip to Dinosaur Park.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City journey maker site.

New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Rapid City. Traveling from New York City in July, Rapid City is a bit cooler at night with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Chamberlain

— 1 night
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. On the 5th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of South Dakota Hall of Fame, pause for some photo ops at Dignity, head outdoors with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, then take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Old West Trading Post.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chamberlain journey builder site.

Drive from Rapid City to Chamberlain in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Rapid City to Chamberlain is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Mitchell

— 1 night
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): stop by Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop, delve into the distant past at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, then don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, and finally make a trip to Corn Palace.

Before you visit Mitchell, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Chamberlain to Mitchell in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Mitchell are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Sioux Falls

— 5 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux Falls: Lake Vermillion Recreation Area (in Canistota) and Porter Sculpture Park (in Montrose). There's lots more to do: stroll around Falls Park, stroll through The Blood Run Nature Area, hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Butterfly House & Aquarium.

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Traveling by car from Mitchell to Sioux Falls takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Sioux Falls can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Watertown.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Watertown

— 3 nights
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. Explore Watertown's surroundings by going to De Smet (De Smet Cemetery, Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Redlin Art Center, admire the landmark architecture of Mellette House, meet the residents at Bramble Park Zoo, and get engrossed in the history at Codington County Historical Museum.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Watertown day trip app.

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Watertown takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Watertown sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Watertown

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

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