17 days in El Paso & South Dakota Itinerary

17 days in El Paso & South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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El Paso
— 4 nights
Fly
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Rapid City
— 5 nights
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamberlain
— 1 night
Drive
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Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
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El Paso

— 4 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to McGinn's PistachioLand (in Alamogordo) and Las Cruces (Dripping Springs Natural Area & Old Mesilla Village).

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the El Paso itinerary planner.

Little Rock to El Paso is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in October, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Rapid City.

Things to do in El Paso

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Rapid City

— 5 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Venture out of the city with trips to Custer (Sylvan Lake, Wildlife Loop Road, &more), Keystone (Presidential Trail & Mount Rushmore National Memorial) and Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Bear Country USA, browse the different shops at Wall Drug, take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rapid City road trip tool.

You can fly from El Paso to Rapid City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from El Paso in October, expect nights in Rapid City to be slightly colder, around 40°F, while days are cooler, around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of Badlands National Park with an excursion to Hurley Butte Horseback Riding in Interior--about 40 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Sat) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, and explore the striking landscape of Yellow Mounds Overlook.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park trip planner.

Getting from Rapid City to Badlands National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In October in Badlands National Park, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Chamberlain

— 1 night
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. On the 24th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Akta Lakota Museum, then head outdoors with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, and then pause for some photo ops at Dignity.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Chamberlain online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain takes 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October in Chamberlain, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Outdoors · Museums

Sioux Falls

— 3 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. When in Sioux Falls, make a side trip to see Corn Palace in Mitchell, approximately Mitchell away. There's still lots to do: stroll around Falls Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sioux Falls Bike Trails, learn more about the world around you at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, and trek along SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sioux Falls trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Chamberlain to Sioux Falls takes 2.5 hours. In October in Sioux Falls, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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.