16 days in South Dakota Itinerary

16 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip itinerary builder

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Sioux Falls
— 5 nights
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Mitchell
— 1 night
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Interior
— 3 nights
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Rapid City
— 6 nights
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Sioux Falls

— 5 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sioux Falls: De Smet (De Smet Cemetery & Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie), Watertown (Terry Redlin Museum, Redlin Art Center, &more) and Wooden Legs Brewing Company (in Brookings). There's still lots to do: walk around Falls Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, hike along SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sioux Falls Bike Trails.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sioux Falls visit planner.

New York City to Sioux Falls is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in June, expect little chillier with lows of 58°F in Sioux Falls. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mitchell

— 1 night
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. On the 2nd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, then make a trip to Corn Palace, then test your problem-solving skills at Escape Rooms at that place, and finally look for gifts at Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mitchell trip website.

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Mitchell takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Mitchell sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Interior.

Things to do in Mitchell

Fun & Games · Shopping

Interior

— 3 nights
Interior is a town in Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Interior: Minuteman Missile National Historic Site (in Philip), Wall Drug (in Wall) and Badlands National Park (Badlands Wall, Loop Road, &more). Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, and trek along Notch Trail.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Interior trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Mitchell to Interior by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Interior can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Interior

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Rapid City

— 6 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.
Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Insideout (in Hill City), Custer (Sylvan Lake, Needles Eye Tunnel, &more) and Keystone (Black Hills Helicopters, Presidential Trail, &more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Country USA, go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine, get in on the family fun at Storybook Island, and visit Downtown Rapid City.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Interior to Rapid City takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Interior in July: highs in Rapid City hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.