19 days in South Dakota Itinerary

19 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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19 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + taxi:  29​h
1
Custer
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Deadwood
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Wall
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Mitchell
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney

4
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Art Expressions will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Black Hills National Forest and Needles Eye Tunnel. Get out of town with these interesting Custer side-trips: Bicycle Sculpture (in Pringle) and Keystone (Presidential Trail & Big Thunder Gold Mine). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, cruise along Needles Highway, and Head underground at Jewel Cave National Monument.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Custer online travel planner .

Sydney, Australia to Custer is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Custer, you'll gain 17 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Custer, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Bicycle Sculpture, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, Needles Highway
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Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

3
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Get outdoors at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area and Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. You'll explore and learn at Adams House and Tatanka: Story of the Bison. And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, shop like a local with Scott Jacobs Studio, get engrossed in the history at Days of '76 Museum, and explore and take pictures at Broken Boot Gold Mine.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Deadwood trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lead, Spearfish
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Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area

2
nights
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, steep yourself in history at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, then take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Wall travel route planner .

Getting from Deadwood to Wall by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Deadwood in June, you will find days in Wall are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mitchell.

Things to do in Wall

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

2
nights
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, then stop by Dimock Dairy, then get engrossed in the history at Dakota Discovery Museum, and finally examine the collection at George and Eleanor McGovern Library. Here are some ideas for day two: catch a live event at Corn Palace, steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, and then identify plant and animal life at Lake Mitchell Campground.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mitchell trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Wall to Mitchell takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Mitchell can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to De Smet.

Things to do in Mitchell

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Dimock Dairy
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Lake Mitchell Campground ©
Lake Mitchell Campground
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Dakota Discovery Museum ©
Dakota Discovery Museum

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 13th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum, then contemplate the long history of Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the De Smet travel planner .

Getting from Mitchell to De Smet by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June in De Smet, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

3
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Popular historic sites such as St. Joseph Cathedral and Pettigrew Home & Museum are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History and Old Courthouse Museum. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Falls Park, don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica, look and learn at Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, and hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sioux Falls trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from De Smet to Sioux Falls in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan

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