16 days in South Dakota Itinerary

16 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
2
De Smet
— 1 night
3
Mitchell
— 1 night
4
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
5
Deadwood
— 3 nights
6
Custer
— 4 nights

3
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Joseph Cathedral and Pettigrew Home & Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux Falls: Vermillion (Spirit Mound & National Music Museum). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Falls Park, make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica, stroll through SculptureWalk & The Arc of Dreams Sioux Falls, and engage your brain at Washington Pavilion.

Make your Sioux Falls itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

New York City to Sioux Falls is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 46°F in Sioux Falls. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Vermillion
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
National Music Museum ©
National Music Museum

1
night
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 14th (Tue): stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, then contemplate the long history of Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, and finally get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the De Smet day trip planning tool.

Getting from Sioux Falls to De Smet by car takes about 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in De Smet can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie ©
Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie
Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes ©
Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes
De Smet Cemetery
De Smet Cemetery

1
night
Mitchell

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

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mitchell trip site.

You can drive from De Smet to Mitchell in 1.5 hours. In May in Mitchell, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
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. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Loop Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook, and hike along Notch Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Badlands National Park road trip app.

Traveling by car from Mitchell to Badlands National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mitchell to Badlands National Park. Expect little chillier evenings in Badlands National Park when traveling from Mitchell in May, with lows around 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
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Sage Creek Wilderness Area ©
Sage Creek Wilderness Area
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

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 House. Historic Old Town and Black Hill National Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, don't miss a visit to Mt Roosevelt Monument, pause for some photo ops at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, and view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Deadwood trip planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Deadwood takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and 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 little chillier days and about the same nights in Deadwood: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car 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
Historic Old Town
Historic Old Town
Adams House ©
Adams House

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Native American Educational and Cultural Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Keystone (Goodtyme Photo & Presidential Trail). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Custer trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Deadwood to Custer in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Deadwood to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour 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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