15 days in Vancouver & South Dakota Itinerary

15 days in Vancouver & South Dakota Itinerary

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15 days in Vancouver & South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Redmond
Drive:  3​h
1
Vancouver
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
De Smet
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Redmond

4
nights
Vancouver

Vancouver ©
Vancouver is a city on the north bank of the Columbia River in the U.S. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Timberline Lodge and Ski Area and Fort Clatsop National Memorial. Get out of town with these interesting Vancouver side-trips: Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil), Mt. Hood National Forest (in Welches) and Oneonta Gorge (in Cascade Locks). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, contemplate the long history of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, and admire all the interesting features of Astoria Column.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Vancouver trip itinerary maker app .

Redmond to Vancouver is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Vancouver when traveling from Redmond in June, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Vancouver

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Astoria, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Haystack Rock, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Mt. Hood National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site ©
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock

2
nights
Badlands National Park

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.
Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, hike along Door Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panorama Point Overlook, and explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Vancouver to Badlands National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Vancouver in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
White River Valley Overlook ©
White River Valley Overlook

4
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
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 Mount Moriah Cemetery (in Deadwood), Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone) and Custer (Sylvan Lake, Needles Eye Tunnel, & more). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, admire all the interesting features of Big Thunder Gold Mine, get a taste of the local shopping with Suzie Cappa Art Center, and look for gifts at Christmas Village Store.

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

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Badlands National Park in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Mount Moriah Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

1
day
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at 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.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the De Smet online attractions planner .

You can drive from Rapid City to De Smet in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to De Smet. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in De Smet

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

2
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 26th (Wed), stroll through Falls Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, then test your problem-solving skills at Escapades Escape Rooms, and finally explore the activities along Arrowhead Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Pettigrew Home & Museum, then hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, and then trek along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from De Smet to Sioux Falls in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Sioux Falls can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls ©
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls

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