16 days in South Dakota Itinerary

16 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota journey planner

©
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Custer
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Deadwood
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Wall
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Sioux Falls
— 4 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27

Custer

— 4 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wind Cave National Park and Prairie Berry Winery. You'll explore and learn at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute and Native American Educational and Cultural Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Custer: Hot Springs (The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary & Angostura Recreation Area). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail, explore the activities along Legion Lake, go for a walk through Sunday Gulch Trail, and take in the awesome beauty at Black Elk Peak.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Custer sightseeing planner.

San Francisco to Custer is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, train, bus, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Custer due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for little chillier nights in Custer, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Deadwood

— 5 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Explore hidden gems such as Adams Museum and Days of '76 Museum. Get outdoors at Bridal Veil Falls and McNenny State Fish Hatchery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Deadwood: Devil Bathtub South Dakota (in Spearfish), Roughlock Falls State Nature Area (in Lead) and Roughlock Falls Nature Area (in Savoy). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at High Plains Western Heritage Center Museum, trek along Deadwood Trailhead George S. Mickelson Trail, steep yourself in history at Adams House, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Broken Boot Gold Mine.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Deadwood trip planner.

Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Custer to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. June in Deadwood sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Wall

— 2 nights
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Prairie Homestead, then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then trek along Door Trail, and finally hike along Notch Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at Delta-09 Missile Silo, get to know the fascinating history of Sage Creek Wilderness Area, then stroll through Roberts Prairie Dog Town, then take some stellar pictures from Yellow Mounds Overlook, and finally take some stellar pictures from Pinnacles Overlook.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Wall day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Wall takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Deadwood in June: highs in Wall hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Wall

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Sioux Falls

— 4 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie and Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument and Sioux Falls Bike Trails. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux Falls: Mitchell (Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop & Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle), Porter Sculpture Park (in Montrose) and Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes (in De Smet). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Palisades State Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Butterfly House & Aquarium, and get a new perspective on nature at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls online holiday builder.

Getting from Wall to Sioux Falls by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Sioux Falls can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
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.