16 days in South Dakota Itinerary

16 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hill City
— 4 nights
Drive
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Deadwood
— 3 nights
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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument and Sioux Falls Bike Trails. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History and Old Courthouse Museum. When in Sioux Falls, make a side trip to see National Music Museum in Vermillion, approximately Vermillion away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, engage your brain at Washington Pavilion, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Butterfly House & Aquarium.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls trip itinerary tool.

Tampa to Sioux Falls is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tampa to Sioux Falls due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tampa in June, expect Sioux Falls to be slightly colder, temps between 80°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. On the 5th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle and then steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.

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Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Mitchell takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Mitchell, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 59°F at night. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Pioneer Auto Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Notch Trail and Saddle Pass Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Badlands National Park side-trips: South Dakota's Original 1880 Town (in Murdo) and Prairie Homestead (in Philip). And it doesn't end there: trek along Door Trail, identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, get engrossed in the history at Wounded Knee: The Museum, and look for gifts at Wall Drug.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park tour planner.

Drive from Mitchell to Badlands National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Badlands National Park when traveling from Mitchell in June, with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hill City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

4
nights
Hill City

Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Visiting Black Elk Peak and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chapel in the Hills and Prairie Berry Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Hill City: Rapid City (Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries, Museum of Geology, &more). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, get engrossed in the history at America's Founding Fathers Exhibit, go deep underground at Wades Gold Mill, and see the interesting displays at National Presidential Wax Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hill City trip app.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Hill City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Badlands National Park in June, with highs in Hill City at 73°F and lows at 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Hill City

Museums · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

3
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Appreciate the collections at Tatanka: Story of the Bison and Adams House. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Black Hills Mining Museum, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Broken Boot Gold Mine, look for gifts at Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates, and engage your brain at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Deadwood trip maker tool.

Drive from Hill City to Deadwood in an hour. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hill City to Deadwood. In June in Deadwood, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 52°F at night. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games · Shopping

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.