18 days in South Dakota & Mountain Home Itinerary

18 days in South Dakota & Mountain Home Itinerary

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18 days in South Dakota & Mountain Home Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  6​h
1
Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Hot Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h
6
Mountain Home
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Phoenix

3
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Sioux Falls is known for parks, trails, museums, zoos & aquariums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Falls Park, get your game on at Escapades Escape Rooms, listen to music at Washington Pavilion, and have fun and explore at Stockyards Ag Experience.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sioux Falls trip builder tool .

Phoenix to Sioux Falls is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In July, Sioux Falls is much colder than Phoenix - with highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mitchell.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Escapades Escape Rooms ©
Escapades Escape Rooms
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. On the 15th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, admire the striking features of Corn Palace, then don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, and finally examine the collection at George and Eleanor McGovern Library.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mitchell trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Mitchell takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Mitchell can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle

3
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.
Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, trek along Door Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park trip planner .

Drive from Mitchell to Badlands National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mitchell to Badlands National Park. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

3
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Hot Springs: Wind Cave National Park (Wind Cave National Park & Elk Mountain Nature Trail) and Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Jewel Cave National Monument, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, and identify plant and animal life at Windcross Conservancy.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hot Springs trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Badlands National Park to Hot Springs in 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in July: high temperatures in Hot Springs hover around 80°F and lows are around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Wind Cave National Park, Windcross Conservancy, Needles Highway
Highlights from your plan
Jewel Cave National Monument ©
Jewel Cave National Monument
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

4
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Insideout (in Hill City), Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Presidential Trail, & more) and Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Sylvan Lake, & more). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, get a taste of the local shopping with Suzie Cappa Art Center, and appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial.

Before you visit Rapid City, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Hot Springs to Rapid City by car takes about 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hot Springs in July since evenings lows in Rapid City dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Mountain Home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Crazy Horse Memorial, Insideout
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

2
nights
Mountain Home

Mountain Home ©
Mountain Home is the largest city and county seat of Elmore County, Idaho, USA. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mountain Home: Celebration Park (in Melba), Bruneau Dunes Observatory (in Bruneau) and Lawson's Emu-Z-um (in Grand View). And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Snake River Canyon Overlook, head outdoors with Dedication Point, and immerse yourself in nature at Three Island Crossing State Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mountain Home trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rapid City to Mountain Home. When traveling from Rapid City in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mountain Home: temperatures range from 96°F by day to 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mountain Home

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bruneau Dunes Observatory, Dedication Point, Lawson's Emu-Z-um, Three Island Crossing State Park, Celebration Park
Highlights from your plan
Snake River Canyon Overlook ©
Snake River Canyon Overlook
Lawson's Emu-Z-um ©
Lawson's Emu-Z-um
Dedication Point ©
Dedication Point

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