18 days in South Dakota Itinerary

18 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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18 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Syracuse
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h 15​min
1
Mitchell
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Hot Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Rapid City
— 8 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Syracuse

2
nights
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mitchell Campground.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mitchell trip planner .

Syracuse to Mitchell is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Mitchell are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Mitchell

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Mitchell Campground ©
Lake Mitchell Campground
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, then explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery, and then contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your De Smet trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Mitchell to De Smet by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

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.
Visiting Badlands National Park and Notch Trail will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: cruise along Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, hike along Door Trail, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at White River Valley Overlook.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip planner .

Drive from De Smet to Badlands National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from De Smet in July, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 91°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Art Expressions. Take a break from the city and head to Jewel Cave National Monument and Windcross Conservancy. Get out of town with these interesting Hot Springs side-trips: Wildlife Loop Road (in Custer) and Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park). There's more to do: cruise along Needles Highway and stroll through Elk Mountain Nature Trail.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hot Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Hot Springs takes 2 hours. In July, Hot Springs is little chillier than Badlands National Park - with highs of 80°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

8
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Shop till you drop at Wall Drug and Suzie Cappa Art Center. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mount Moriah Cemetery and Adams House. Venture out of the city with trips to Custer (Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park, & more), Keystone (Presidential Trail & Mount Rushmore National Memorial) and Insideout (in Hill City). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, stroll through Reptile Gardens, explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and explore and take pictures at Big Thunder Gold Mine.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Rapid City takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rapid City when traveling from Hot Springs in July, with lows around 62°F. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Deadwood, Hill City, Wall
Highlights from your plan
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
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