19 days in South Dakota & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

19 days in South Dakota & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

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Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
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De Smet
— 1 night
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Philip
— 2 nights
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Deadwood
— 3 nights
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Custer
— 3 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
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Sioux Falls

— 2 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Get some historical perspective at St. Joseph Cathedral and Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village. Let the collections at National Music Museum and Stockyards Ag Experience capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux Falls: Mitchell (Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle & George and Eleanor McGovern Library). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, trek along SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument, and don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Sioux Falls vacation planner.

Los Angeles to Sioux Falls is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Sioux Falls due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

De Smet

— 1 night
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. On the 5th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, then get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum, then contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery.

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You can drive from Sioux Falls to De Smet in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in De Smet are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Philip.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites · Museums

Philip

— 2 nights
Philip is a city in Haakon County, South Dakota, United States. On the 6th (Sun), trek along Door Trail, then stroll through Notch Trail, and then steep yourself in history at Prairie Homestead. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, take an in-depth tour of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, learn about all things military at Delta-09 Missile Silo, then take some stellar pictures from Pinnacles Overlook, then look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Philip trip planner.

Traveling by car from De Smet to Philip takes 4 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June in Philip, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Deadwood.

Things to do in Philip

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Deadwood

— 3 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Adams Museum and Days of '76 Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway and Tatanka: Story of the Bison. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, go deep underground at Broken Boot Gold Mine, appreciate the history behind Mt Roosevelt Monument, and engage your brain at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Deadwood online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Philip to Deadwood in 2 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Philip to Deadwood is 1 hour. When traveling from Philip in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Deadwood: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer

— 3 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Let the collections at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute and Insideout capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Needles Highway and Black Hills National Forest. Change things up with these side-trips from Custer: The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary (in Hot Springs) and Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take in the awesome beauty at Black Elk Peak.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Custer day trip app.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Custer takes 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Custer. June in Custer sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park

— 7 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mormon Row Historic District and Uncle Tom's Trail. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like S Rim Trail and Fort Yellowstone Historic District. Explore Yellowstone National Park's surroundings by going to Moose (Chapel of the Sacred Heart & Snake River Overlook) and Potholes Turnout (in Grand Teton National Park). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Black Sand Basin, contemplate the geological forces at Mud Volcano, explore the striking landscape at Biscuit Basin, and stroll through Lone Star Geyser.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park online holiday builder.

You can fly from Custer to Yellowstone National Park in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Custer in June; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 66°F and lows reach 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.