19 days in South Dakota Itinerary

19 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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19 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: San Antonio
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Sioux Falls
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Rapid City
— 5 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Custer
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: San Antonio

4
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux Falls: Corn Palace (in Mitchell), De Smet (Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial & Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie) and Watertown (Redlin Art Center & Mellette House). The adventure continues: walk around Falls Park, test your team's savvy at Escapades Escape Rooms, trek along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls, and explore the engaging exhibits at Stockyards Ag Experience.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sioux Falls online visit planner .

San Antonio to Sioux Falls is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Antonio in June: high temperatures in Sioux Falls hover around 80°F and lows are around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Watertown, De Smet, Corn Palace
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Escapades Escape Rooms ©
Escapades Escape Rooms

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.
Badlands National Park is known for scenic drive, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, browse the different shops at Wall Drug, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

For traveler tips, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read Badlands National Park online journey planner .

Getting from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. In June in Badlands National Park, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Deadwood (Historic Old Town & Mount Moriah Cemetery), Devils Tower National Monument (in Devils Tower) and Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway (in Spearfish). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, have some family-friendly fun at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, and learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

To see more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in June: highs in Rapid City hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Deadwood, Devils Tower National Monument, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

2
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
You've now added Mount Rushmore National Memorial to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Rushmore Tramway Adventures, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Keystone road trip planning app .

Keystone is just a short distance from Rapid City. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rapid City in June: high temperatures in Keystone hover around 73°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Keystone

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Rushmore Tramway Adventures ©
Rushmore Tramway Adventures
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Custer State Park.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Custer online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Custer takes an hour. Traveling from Rapid City in June, things will get little chillier in Custer: highs are around 73°F and lows about 48°F. You'll set off for home on the 23rd (Tue).

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

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