16 days in South Dakota Itinerary

16 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota sightseeing planner

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Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
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Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive
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Wall
— 3 nights
Drive
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Deadwood
— 3 nights
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Custer
— 5 nights
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Sioux Falls

— 3 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Sioux Falls side-trips: Watertown (Bramble Park Zoo, Redlin Art Center, &more). There's much more to do: walk around Falls Park, have fun and explore at Stockyards Ag Experience, observe the fascinating underwater world at Butterfly House & Aquarium, and hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls trip maker.

Washington DC to Sioux Falls is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Washington DC to Sioux Falls, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in May; daily highs in Sioux Falls reach 69°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Mitchell

— 1 night
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stop by Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop, then steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, then don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, and finally make a trip to Corn Palace.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mitchell holiday planning app.

Drive from Sioux Falls to Mitchell in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Mitchell can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Wall.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites · Shopping

Wall

— 3 nights
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Go for a jaunt from Wall to Badlands National Park to see Door Trail about 30 minutes away. Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Wall Drug, take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and learn about all things military at Delta-09 Missile Silo.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Wall trip planner.

Drive from Mitchell to Wall in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Mitchell in June, Wall is slightly colder at night with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Wall

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Deadwood

— 3 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Take a break from Deadwood with a short trip to Roughlock Falls State Nature Area in Lead, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Black Hills Mining Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, and take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Deadwood online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Wall to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Wall to Deadwood is 1 hour. Traveling from Wall in June, you will find days in Deadwood are a bit cooler (75°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer

— 5 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Custer: Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs), Keystone (Black Hills Helicopters & Presidential Trail) and Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, admire all the interesting features of Wildlife Loop Road, appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, and trot along with The Stables at Palmer Gulch.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Custer day trip site.

Getting from Deadwood to Custer by car takes about 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to Custer is minus 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Custer can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

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.