17 days in South Dakota Itinerary

17 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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17 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly + taxi:  4​h
1
Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hill City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Deadwood
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Murdo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Denver

2
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Get some cultural insight at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Pioneer Museum. Get outdoors at Wind Cave National Park and Cascade Falls and Swimming Hole. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Windcross Conservancy and explore and take pictures at The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hot Springs route planner.

Denver to Hot Springs is an approximately 4-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Denver in October; daily highs in Hot Springs reach 57°F and lows reach 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Hill City.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Wind Cave National Park, Windcross Conservancy
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Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Windcross Conservancy ©
Windcross Conservancy
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

4
nights
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Shop till you drop at Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries and Jon Crane Gallery. Chapel in the Hills and Museum of Geology are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hill City: Rapid City (The Journey Museum & Learning Center & Firehouse Wine Cellars) and Custer State Park (in Custer). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Black Hills, learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hill City trip itinerary website .

Getting from Hot Springs to Hill City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October in Hill City, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Hill City

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Rapid City, Custer, South Dakota
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Museum of Geology ©
Museum of Geology
Black Hills ©
Black Hills
Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills

3
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Let the collections at Adams House and Tatanka: Story of the Bison capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Days of '76 Museum. Go for a jaunt from Deadwood to Belle Fourche to see Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, engage your brain at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, do a tasting at Belle Joli Winery Tasting Room, and take an in-depth tour of Black Hills Mining Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Deadwood online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Hill City to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hill City to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. October in Deadwood sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Spearfish, Lead, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center
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Adams House ©
Adams House

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Notch Trail and Yellow Mounds Overlook. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Badlands National Park and Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Change things up with a short trip to Prairie Homestead in Philip (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Conata Basin Overlook, trek along Door Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Saddle Pass Trail.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Badlands National Park tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Deadwood to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Badlands National Park. When traveling from Deadwood in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Murdo.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Prairie Homestead, Buffalo Gift Shop
Highlights from your plan
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook

1
night
Murdo

Murdo ©
Murdo is a city in Jones County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): examine the collection at Pioneer Auto Museum and then steep yourself in history at South Dakota's Original 1880 Town.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Murdo travel route builder website .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Murdo takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Murdo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Murdo

Museums Historic Sites
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Pioneer Auto Museum ©
Pioneer Auto Museum

2
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Pettigrew Home & Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, and then hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls, then appreciate the history behind USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial, and then learn more about the world around you at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Murdo to Sioux Falls takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. October in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Pettigrew Home & Museum ©
Pettigrew Home & Museum

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