16 days in South Dakota Itinerary

16 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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16 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Deadwood
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Custer
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Joseph Cathedral and Pettigrew Home & Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Sioux Falls: Vermillion (Spirit Mound & National Music Museum). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Falls Park, browse the exhibits of Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica, and hike along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls trip planner .

New York City to Sioux Falls is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Sioux Falls due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in May since evenings lows in Sioux Falls dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Vermillion
Highlights from your plan
National Music Museum ©
National Music Museum
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Pettigrew Home & Museum ©
Pettigrew Home & Museum

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, then steep yourself in history at Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, and finally get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the De Smet road trip website .

You can drive from Sioux Falls to De Smet in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in De Smet are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Mitchell.

Things to do in De Smet

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

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at George and Eleanor McGovern Library, steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, then admire the landmark architecture of Corn Palace, and finally make a trip to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mitchell trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from De Smet to Mitchell takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Mitchell are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle

3
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 17th (Fri) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's much more to do: cruise along Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook, trek along Door Trail, and stroll through Notch Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Mitchell to Badlands National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Mitchell to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mitchell in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Badlands National Park, with lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

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
Sage Creek Wilderness Area ©
Sage Creek Wilderness Area
Loop Road ©
Loop Road

3
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Get a sense of the local culture at Mount Moriah Cemetery and Adams Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic Old Town and Black Hill National Cemetery. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, take an in-depth tour of Black Hills Mining Museum, see the interesting displays at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, and contemplate the long history of Adams House.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Deadwood tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Badlands National Park to Deadwood by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Deadwood. When traveling from Badlands National Park in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Deadwood, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Spearfish, Lead, Black Hill National Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams House ©
Adams House
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

4
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Peter Norbeck Visitors Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Custer: Keystone (Goodtyme Photo & Presidential Trail). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, admire all the interesting features of Wildlife Loop Road, learn more about the world around you at Native American Educational and Cultural Center, and explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Custer trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Custer takes 1.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Custer due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Deadwood in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 37°F in Custer. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Keystone, Crazy Horse, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

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