16 days in South Dakota Itinerary

16 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Taxi:  7 h 15 min
1
Custer
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Deadwood
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Wall
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Sioux Falls
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  8 h
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Custer

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wind Cave National Park and Black Elk Peak. Take a break from the city and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Sunday Gulch Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Custer: Hot Springs (The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary & Angostura Recreation Area). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, hike along Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail, get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, and contemplate the waterfront views at Legion Lake.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Custer online driving holiday planner.

San Francisco to Custer is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour 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 Outdoors

Side Trips

Hill City, Hot Springs, South Dakota, Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Wind Cave National Park
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Horseback Riding Tours
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Black Hills ©
Black Hills

5
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Explore hidden gems such as Adams Museum and Adams House. Get outdoors at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area and Bridal Veil Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Deadwood: Spearfish (Devil Bathtub South Dakota & McNenny State Fish Hatchery), Tri-State Museum (in Belle Fourche) and Roughlock Falls Nature Area (in Savoy). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at High Plains Western Heritage Center Museum, appreciate the history behind Tatanka: Story of the Bison, get a taste of the local shopping with Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, and see the interesting displays at Black Hills Mining Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Deadwood online trip itinerary maker.

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

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Spearfish, Lead, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, Tri-State Museum, Roughlock Falls Nature Area
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Adams House ©
Adams House
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

2
nights
Wall

Wall ©
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 look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, then take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and finally take some stellar pictures from Pinnacles Overlook.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, 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; or take a 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 Trails Historic Sites

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Prairie Homestead
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Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook

4
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie and Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at SculptureWalk & The Arc of Dreams Sioux Falls and Palisades State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux Falls: Porter Sculpture Park (in Montrose), Mitchell (Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop & Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle) and Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial (in De Smet). And it doesn't end there: trek along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Mitchell, De Smet, Porter Sculpture Park, Palisades State Park
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Palisades State Park ©
Palisades State Park
Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie ©
Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

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